DMCS 760 – Mental Health Conditions and Return to Work

In this module various ways of classifying mental health conditions are described. A range of approaches to retaining workers with mental health conditions are explored including the biopsychosocial approach. The International Classification of Functioning, and Disability and Health (ICF) is a classification system that can be used to examine work function from a range of perspectives.  In assessing work ability, the capacity to function in the workplace is conceptualized as an interplay between the worker, job tasks and skills requirements, and the environment. As well, the concept of resiliency is addressed. A focus on understanding the functional challenges of workers is intertwined with the challenges of worker disclosure, invisible disabilities, and the provision of appropriate supports. Conditions commonly seen in the work environment are highlighted, with a more intensive look at depression.