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Program Highlights Mental Illness in the Workplace

By Molly Darrow.
Not all disabilities are directly visible to the eye. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 25 percent of U.S. adults currently have a mental illness diagnosis, with the most common being anxiety and mood disorders. And these people hold rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On Thursday, Broome-Tioga's Job Service Employer Committee and the Southern Tier Association for Human Resources held a program highlighting mental illnesses in the workplace to debunk misconceptions and stigma associated with the emotional disorder.

This was done by examining the myths and facts surrounding mental illness. The focus also shifted towards legal and human issues about the disability linked to employment.

The event’s guest speaker was Jeffrey Tamburo, an Extension Associate for Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute.