Where to Start When You Need a Mental Health Accommodation at Work

An outside sales executive is struggling with focus at work and finding difficulty being positive about anything. This preoccupation and negative mindset are beginning to affect her job performance. She realizes she needs help, which is a good step, but she has no idea where to begin. She’s apprehensive about telling her employer of her struggles, in fear of consequences like judgment, demotion or even dismissal.

The good news for this employee is that employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate a disability, including mental health-related issues. Here’s what she needs to know about accommodation and how to request it.