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Special Edition ODEP News Brief: Mental Health Awareness Month

May 9, 2024
Source: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

A Letter from: Taryn M. Williams
Assistant Secretary
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Dear ODEP Friends and Supporters,

At the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) at large, we are committed to supporting the mental health of America’s workers. This means ensuring that all people with mental health conditions have access, if needed, to the services and supports to succeed in employment. Indeed, each year, ODEP’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN) responds to some 40,000 requests for free, one-on-one, customized accommodation assistance—approximately 10,000 of which are mental health-related. This is a core issue we focus on all year long.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, this special edition of the ODEP News Brief highlights the many resources we offer to help employers, workers, service providers and policymakers learn about and take action on workforce mental health and well-being. We are also unveiling DOL’s new resource page “Youth Employment: A Foundation for Mental Health and Well-Being,” a hub of information and guidance to help every member of the community do their part to support young workers’ mental health. On May 14, at 2 p.m. ET, I will join a DOL webinar on this topic, along with other agencies’ leadership, and you can register for the event now.

We encourage you to bookmark this News Brief as a reference and, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe for new resources on mental health and other topics delivered directly each week. Also, you can now follow us on LinkedIn to receive the latest updates on ODEP’s work to promote workplace success for disabled people.

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