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Invisible Workforce


(19 minutes)

This 19-minute videotape features a diverse group of over 25 employers, job developers, and employees with psychiatric disabilities. Through personal interviews, they speak of their experiences and offer sensitive and practical suggestions to help others achieve success joining or rejoining the workforce.

Invisible Workforce presents a hopeful vision of recovery that will inspire employers, mental health professionals, educators, consumers and family members. This tape is also valuable for job developers and placement coordinators meeting with prospective employers.

The first in a series on employment, this video is intended to stimulate dynamic and productive discussions about the major issues of the workplace for people with psychiatric disabilities.


"The greatest strength of this video - and a very important one - is that it shows the desire and ability of real people with mental illnesses to succeed in real-world employment."

- Otto F. Wahl, Ph.D., author, Telling is Risky Business: Mental Health Consumers Confront Stigma

"The film speaks directly to employer concerns and provides substantial evidence about the reliability of such workers filling real jobs and meeting performance requirements."

- Courtenay Harding, Ph.D., Director, The Institute for the Study of Human Resilience, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University

"Employers must understand that recovery from mental illness is an achievement the naturalness, believability, and genuine feelings of the people telling their stories are vivid and persuasive."

- Bill Wilkerson, President, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Mental Health, Special Advisor to the World Federation for Mental Health, Toronto, Canada

" addresses many of the questions employers have about hiring workers with psychiatric disabilities but are afraid to ask - such as whether these workers will be dependable and productive."

"This video shows that people with psychiatric disabilities not only make good employees, they often rise above their co-workers in terms of job performance and commitment [This video] explains the process of vocational rehabilitation, including easy-to-grasp illustrations of technical terms such as job coaching, reasonable accommodations, and employment support."

- Judith A. Cook, Ph.D., Professor and Director, National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability, Mental Health Services Research Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

"We recommend this video to our 5400 employers who might be reticent about employing people with mental illness. It is very comfortable, informative and professionally done."

- Maggie Pinkham, V.P. Counsel Employer Services, AIM Associated Industries of Massachusetts

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