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Deciding Whether to Disclose Mental Disorders to the Boss
The New York Times – 11.14.14
Patrick Ross, deputy director of communication at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, recently disclosed to his boss that he has bipolar disorder, a fact he had only ever shared with his immediate family. Ross decided to speak publicly about his experience in order to draw attention to the fear many people who live with mental illness have about disclosing their illnesses at work. According to a recent study by Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute, “of 600 people with disabilities, roughly half involving mental health, about a quarter of the respondents said they received negative responses to revealing their problems — such as not being promoted, being treated differently or being bullied.” The Americans with Disabilities Act forbids companies from firing people living with mental health conditions as long as they can perform the “essential functions” of their job. However, according to Sarah von Schrader, senior research associate at Cornell, many employers are not trained in how to respond to such information.
The Fortunate Mother: Caring for a son with schizophrenia
USA Today – 11.18.14
In the latest installment of their series called “Mental Illness: The Cost of Not Caring,” USA Today shares the story of one mother’s struggle to support a son living with schizophrenia. Laura Pogliano’s son, now 22 years old, has been hospitalized 13 times in six years. “Even though her son’s mental illness has driven her to bankruptcy, sidetracked her career and left her clinically depressed,” according to USA Today, Laura still considers herself lucky. “Lucky that she’s been able to hang in, lucky that
Senate: Mental-health needs should be priority for VA
The Washington Times – 11.19.14
On Wednesday, the Senate discussed challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs in treating the mental health needs of veterans, including “not enough money, not enough doctors, and not enough time left in the legislative year.” Last summer, Congress passed the Veterans Choice Act, sending an influx of money to the Department to improve such issues. However, according to The Washington Times, the average wait time for a mental health appointment at the VA is still 36 days, the same as it was before the bill was passed in June. In response to these findings, Dr. Harold Kudler, chief consultant for mental health services at the VA, acknowledged that “the few months of increased funding and awareness hasn’t been enough to hire enough new staff.” But he also noted that “the wait times don’t account for same-day appointments when a veteran calls with an urgent mental health problem. [In those cases] they are seen immediately — the goal for every veteran with an emergency.”
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