Better understand substance use disorder, mental health and mental illness, why they are important, and how they affect people in the workplace.
The American Psychiatric Association defines mental illness as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking, behavior, or a combination of these. Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines substance use disorder (SUD) as a long term, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and use despite harmful consequences. SUDs can impair physical health, mental health and other functioning. This disease is not caused by moral shortcomings or weakness of character, and it is not a choice that someone makes. Substance use disorders don’t discriminate – people of all ages, genders, races, of any socioeconomic status, and living any geographic region can be affected.
Stigma is a negative stereotype of mental illness and substance use disorder. It occurs when someone is seen in a negative way because of his, her or their mental health condition. Sometimes, stigma is even an internal feeling in those with mental illness or substance use disorder.
Agencies like Mental Health America collect, as well as provide, information and tools on how employers everywhere focus on various mental health topics in the workplace including business strategies, opportunities for growth, and much more. Please find employer feedback on topics that may be similar to your own needs.
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