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Webinar: Preventing Disability Among Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: Is It the Condition or Is It System Effects?

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Thu, May 31, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar asks participants to consider the ways in which the mental health system creates disabilities among people with mental health conditions. Ms. Mullen guides participants through the messages and actions taken and/or encouraged by the system that create the “system effects” that are commonly misinterpreted as psychiatric symptoms. She’ll talk about the triggering events that lead to “ system effects” and the negative trajectory, such as poverty, unemployment, and social isolation that are typically associated with mental health diagnoses. The webinar also focuses on how supporting the normative, developmentally relevant pathways of young people prevents system effects and the disabilities experienced by older adults in mental health services by focusing on developing human capital among young adults with mental health conditions. This webinar will show how higher education consistently insulates people from unemployment, provides a livable wage, and provides access to employment opportunities that, by design, naturally accommodate for periods of symptom exacerbation. Ms. Mullen will introduce webinar participants to HYPE, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment, a new service that modernizes the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment by prioritizing education as a critical vocational step for young adults to ensure economic self-sufficiency and prevent disability.

After this webinar participants will be able to:

1. Describe the unintended messages that promote disability identity among young adults with mental health conditions;
2. Discuss the triggering events that lead to poor outcomes among those in community mental health services; and
3. Articulate how developing human capital is a protective factor for young adults with mental health conditions.


May 31
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm