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Accommodation for People with Mental Health Issues

People with mental health issues may not consider themselves to have disabilities.  Some may experience symptoms which are apparent to others, while many do not.  Mental health issues can impact a person’s level of anxiety, range of mood swings, and experience of the world and other people.

Respectful Engagement
Many people with mental health issues choose not to disclose this information, either because their situation is under control, or because they are afraid of discrimination and social stigma.  People with mental health issues have been widely discriminated against…
Additional information on Respectful Engagement with People with Mental Health Issues

Common Accommodations

Communication

Do not ask a person about mental health issues, though the person may choose to share that information with you. For many people, even gentle questions can lead them to feel targeted and likely to be discriminated against. It’s usually better to ask “what can I do to help you cope in this situation?”…
Additional information on communication topics regarding people with mental health issues

Medical

People with mental health issues may take a variety of different medications to control symptoms. They may want assistance with creating and using a medication schedule…
Additional information on medical topics regarding people with mental health issues

Independence

Most people with mental health conditions live independently.  As with anyone you work with, the advocate’s role is supporting and empowering them to make their own decisions…
Additional information on independence-related topics regarding people with mental health issues

In Our Own Words

It’s only 1/100th of me – Fay. (on YouTube)
A woman discusses what living with a mental health issue (She uses the term mental illness.  Terms in this community are very much a matter of  individual preference).