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Office of Equity and Human Rights to host online training on reducing the stigma of mental illness in the workplace

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Office of Equity and Human Rights is hosting a training on reducing the stigma of mental illness in the workplace. An estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness each year and while we may not always know it, every workplace has employees who are experiencing mental illness. This session will provide attendees with information on basic mental health awareness, highlight myths and misconceptions about mental illness, and address strategies we can all implement to reduce bias and influence change in our work culture to reduce the stigmas of mental illness in the workplace.

The program will take place at noon on Wed. May 18, 2022 via Zoom. Register to participate here.

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The training will be presented by Darla Wilkerson, CEO for the Center for Disability Inclusion. Wilkerson self identifies as a person with a disability since acquiring a brain injury in 2006 and understands the challenges that many face when obtaining and maintaining employment. Wilkerson was selected as an ACE Awardee by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in 2021 for her work in advocating for diversity and inclusion. Wilkerson is passionate about partnering with businesses in order to elevate workplace inclusion and promote the employment of people with disabilities.

For questions or if you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this program/event, please contact Equity Director Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or stefanie-bowers@iowa-city.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.



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