NEWTON, NJ - On Wed., January 10, the Sussex County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Sussex) will welcome Dr. Victoria A. Shivy to its General Meeting to discuss “Mental Health Concerns in the Workplace.” The meeting and discussion will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Rd.
About 44 million U.S. adults or, 18.5% of the U.S. adult population report having had a mental health condition in the past year. The vast majority of these individuals work, or wish to work, but some may require accommodations in order to do so.
As most people know, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against or harass individuals who have mental health conditions in the workplace. In addition, all workers, including those with mental health challenges, have workplace privacy rights.
Dr. Shivy will explain the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it protects individuals with psychiatric and other types of disabilities. Under the ADA, “reasonable accommodations” can help individuals with mental health conditions succeed at their jobs. These may include altered break or work schedules, time off for treatment, changes in supervisory methods, telework options, and eliminating non-essential job functions that the employee cannot perform because of his or her disability. Dr. Shivy will also answer questions about how and when to disclose a disability to an employer.
Victoria A. Shivy, PhD, LCP, is a licensed psychologist in New York and Virginia and tenured associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She focuses on helping people with work-related issues across the lifespan, and in our global economy. She is particularly interested in underserved populations at times of choice and change, and in the intersection of career and health psychology.
Dr. Shivy is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society Counseling Psychology, the Society for Vocational Psychology and the National Career Development Association.
NAMI Sussex is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides support, education and advocacy throughout Sussex County, NJ on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For further information, call 973-214-0632 or visit www.nami-sussex-nj.org.