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What would you do if your boss had a serious mental illness?

What kinds of mental illnesses do they have? What steps should you take to resolve these issues?

Chris Doerring

on 3 March 2017

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Transcript of What would you do if your boss had a serious mental illness?

What is it?
Why It Matters...
How should you handle it?
Steps the employee should take...
Depression, Anxiety, Burnout, Schizophrenia, Dementia, and eating disorders are the most common
My Boss has a mental
What is it?
Why it matters?
How to handle it?

Mental illness affects everyone sooner or later
1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness directly
a mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thinking, perception and behavior.
Questions for the class...
Young people and children don't suffer from mental health problems.
It is estimated that more than 6 million young people in America may suffer from a mental health disorder that severely disrupts their ability to function at home, in school, or in their community
People who need psychiatric care should be locked away in institutions.
Today, most people can lead productive lives within their communities thanks to a variety of supports, programs, and/or medications.
A person who has a mental illness can never be normal.
People with mental illnesses can recover and resume normal activities.
Mentally ill people are dangerous
The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent. In the cases when violence does occur, the incidence typically results from the same reasons as with the general public such as feeling threatened or excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs
People with mental illnesses can work low-level jobs but aren't suited for really important or responsible positions.
People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level depending on their own abilities, experience and motivation.
Mental health is a significant business issue that requires the attention of everyone in the organization.
People who experience mental health issues face incredible challenges in the workplace



Harassment, discrimination, and stigma
Discrimination and stigma are powerful impediments to good mental health.
First, approach and talk to them about the issue.
Second, speak to the boss about what you need in order to do your best in the workplace.
Third, Implement stress reducers into your boss's day without being to obvious.
Next, If boss continues to deteriorate, speak to someone who can help.
Lastly, recommend EAP services.
When your boss returns from a mental illness leave.
3 fundamentals must be in place for an employee's return to work to be successful
How to create an environment of health and wellness
More up to date issues relating to mental health
More open-minded employees who are supportive and compassionate
Those with mental illnesses need to be heard, understood, treated with respect, and accommodated as necessary
Discrimination poisons working environments and complicates illnesses.
Other ways to ease your boss's return to the workforce
Talk to them about their return to work
Lead by example

Flexible scheduling

Using technology
1. No risk
2. Meaningful performance
3. Welcoming environment
Take Action!
"Stigma: Building Awareness and Understanding." Mental Health America:. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.
"What Is A Mental Illness?" Healthy Place. N.p., 6 Jan. 2009. Web. 25 Jan. 2012.
Hicks, James W., M.D. "Fifty Signs of Mental Illness." Yalepress.yale.edu. Yale University Press, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2012.
"Coaching the Distressed Employee: A Guide for Managers." Welcome to Mental Health Works! N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.
Ghaemi, Nassir. "Depression in Command." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 30 July 2011. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
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