Work and Mental Health

How to Work with a Mental Health Disorder


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OASH), there are millions of people in the United States living with mental health conditions that are also able to lead “happy, successful lives.” The agency notes that individuals with serious mental health disorders or substance use disorders may have difficulty with finding a job. 

As noted by OASH, “More than 1 in every 4 women who work have a disability of some type.” Additionally, they say that even adults with serious mental health conditions can succeed with help. There are several programs that assist women and other people suffering from a mental health conditions to find and keep employment. 

Additionally, there are state and federal programs available for people with mental health conditions that are unable to find employment. It is important, however, that individuals with mental health conditions seek treatment. Professional counseling and treatment can help people with mental health concerns cope in stressful or unfamiliar environments. Treatment can also help ensure that the mental health condition is monitored. 

There are several laws that protect people with mental health conditions. OASH lists several of the laws including the Fair Housing Act, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The more important law is the federal Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA. 

The more that you know about your mental health condition, the more that you can do to protect yourself. It is also critical to know your rights.