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Mental Illness Featuring Theresa Nguyen, Mental Health America
Mental Illness, A Silent Pandemic
NOD, working with Mental Health America, will discuss growing concerns about mental illness in the workplace. Mental illness is the most common type of disability, one in four of us will experience it at some point. The social isolation, fears about the future and uncertainty about jobs brought about by COVID, is driving those numbers up.

Yet mental illness is also the most stigmatized disability. While prevention and treatment can be relatively inexpensive, the first step must be disclosure. We will talk about what employers can do to foster an environment of trust, in which everyone with a mental illness feels safe to self-ID. And we’ll discuss what employers can do to help people get the help they need.

Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

May 13, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Theresa Nguyen
Chief Program Officer and Vice President of Research and Innovation @Mental Health America
Theresa manages Mental Health America’s programs including MHA Screening, The State of Mental Health in America, and Workplace Wellness. She oversees MHA’s research which explores the integration of peers into research, the use of technology to support people in the earliest stages of recovery, and how large scale data provides insight into gaps in supports systems across the country. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has over 15 years of experience in mental health as a clinician, educator and advocate. Her clinical experience focused on working with children and adults with serious mental illness, homelessness, dual diagnosis treatment, and early intervention of psychosis. As an advocate she worked to build a consumer based mental health workforce, to improve access to treatment through community based and recovery oriented mental health programs, and to address needs of underserved communities.