When

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM MST
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Where

This is an online event. 
 

 
 

Contact

Corban Remund 
Utah State University 
435-671-8903 
corban.remund@usu.edu 
 

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

Webinar Description

The unemployment rate in Utah is at 4.1% (DWS 8/2020) and the challenge for people with disabilities seeking employment is formidable with an unemployment rate of 14.3% (US Dept. of Labor 8/2020). According to SAMHSA Uniform Reporting System, 80.7% of individuals with mental illness in Utah are unemployed and approximately 60% want to work. Our pain is that individuals who are not gainfully employed in integrated and competitive employment have an increased risk of isolation, marginalization, poverty, and stigma. People with mental illnesses who are working in integrated and competitive employment have a greater sense of purpose, higher self-worth, decreased symptoms, and opportunities for social acceptance. Our desired condition is for the business community, advocates, and agency partners working together to ensure people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders receive supported employment services and engage in meaningful employment.

The webinar will address the following:

Signs and symptoms of some mental illnesses

How to hire and retain people with mental illnesses & substance use/misuse disorders

Reasonable accommodations

Suicide prevention in the workplace

COVID-19 and decreasing stress during the pandemic

Presenter:

Sharon Cook, MSC, LVRC, CRC, CCC

Sharon is a Program Administrator for Supported Employment and Recovery & Resiliency Peer Support with the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). Sharon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies from Weber State University and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is a Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Sharon is a member of the Disability:IN Steering Committee, Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities, National Rehabilitation Association, Utah Rehabilitation Association, Utah Job Placement and Development, Utah’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Vision Quest (Utah’s co-lead), Utah Department of Corrections Employment and Education subcommittee, Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators, Vocational Rehabilitation Supported Employment Focus Group, Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Committee, Brain Injury Alliance of Utah’s Council Employment and Education subcommittee, and she is the Chair of DSAMH’s Supported Employment Coordinating Committee, a Train-the-Trainer for WorkingMinds Suicide Prevention in the Workplace as well as a Certified Train-the-Trainer for Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center. Sharon is passionate about assisting people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders to obtain and retain competitive and integrated employment!

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The Center for Employment and Inclusion is a project at the Center for People with Disability at Utah State University.