LHRMA to Hold Luncheon on Navigating Employee Mental Health Issues

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LHRMA to Hold Luncheon on Navigating Employee Mental Health Issues

Lincoln Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA; lincolnhr.org) will hold a luncheon this month on July 9, covering the topic of how to navigate employee mental health issues. This event will take place at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center (Southeast Community College), 301 S. 68th St. Place. Registration will be open from 11 to 11:30 a.m. with lunch and announcements to follow. The keynote session will run from noon to 1 p.m. Presenters include Dr. Dave Miers, PhD, and Susan Sapp, J.D., of Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather.

Dr. Miers is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center. He is the co-founder and past co-chair of the state of Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and current board member. Among other noteworthy achievements and affiliations, Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide.

Sapp has a general civil trial practice which includes labor and employment issues, medical, and legal malpractice defense and insurance defense. She represents school districts, hospitals, doctors, employers, and insurance companies in all aspects of legal representation. She also handles all aspects of adoption proceedings and serves as mediator in personal injury and employment cases.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, addiction, and bipolar disorder. It can be difficult for HR professionals to cope with employee mental health issues, not only from a legal perspective, but also from a humanitarian one. The July 9 LHRMA luncheon will address:

  • How to spot potential mental health issues in the workplace
  • What information to obtain once an employee discloses a psychiatric disability
  • Your employer’s legal obligations under the FMLA and ADA
  • How to address work performance deficiencies when an employee has a mental health issue
  • Guidance for your supervisors
  • Preventative measures to strengthen your company’s ability to address employee mental health issues

This program is valid for one (1) PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. The lunch and program registration fee is $15 for LHRMA members and $25 for nonmembers. Luncheon attendance is free for SHRM-designated student chapter members. Current SHRM-designated chapters include the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students must register through Jenessa Keiser, college relations chair, at college.relations@lincolnhr.org for free meeting attendance.

The mission of LHRMA is to provide for the interchange of ideas, experiences, and methods concerning the relationships between management and employees, and to provide professional ethics and acquaintanceship among those involved in professional human resource management. To learn more about becoming a member or register for this month’s event, go online to lincolnhr.org.


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