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Navigating Support: 3 Key Resources You Can Provide for Employees with Bipolar Disorder




by Amy Ouzoonian


When I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder II in 2020 I didn't know what my job could offer me. I also didn't know that legally, I could let my job know that I had this diagnosis and that Bipolar Disorder is considered a disability. I had no resources and didn't know that there are resources available to new and existing employees. After some digging, I started to find resources and put all of our partners into our marketplace. That was around the time that I started to build MoodConnect. I started MoodConnect because I wanted to offer more wellness resources for employees globally and to educate employees on what resources are available to them.

Bipolar disorder, characterized by significant mood fluctuations, can present various challenges in the workplace and for years I didn't know what my rights were. Human Resources (HR) departments play a pivotal role in ensuring employees with bipolar disorder receive the support they need to thrive professionally. Here are three essential resources HR can offer to create a supportive and inclusive work environment.


1. Comprehensive Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are a cornerstone of workplace support, offering confidential, comprehensive services to employees facing personal and professional challenges. For those with bipolar disorder, EAPs can provide access to crucial services, including:

- Counseling Services: Short-term counseling to help manage emotional and psychological aspects of bipolar disorder.

- Referral Services: Recommendations for specialized mental health professionals experienced in treating bipolar disorder.

- Support Groups: Information about local or online support groups where employees can share experiences and coping strategies.

- Work-Life Balance Assistance: Resources to help manage stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance, crucial for managing symptoms of bipolar disorder.


2. Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexibility in the workplace is particularly beneficial for employees with bipolar disorder, helping them manage their health more effectively. HR can facilitate various flexible working options, such as:

- Flexible Scheduling: Allowing employees to adjust their start and end times to accommodate medical appointments or manage periods of low energy or high productivity.

- Remote Work Opportunities: Offering the option to work from home, which can be invaluable during mood episodes that make coming into the office difficult.

- Part-Time Work: Reducing work hours can help some employees better manage their health while continuing to contribute to their team.

Implementing these arrangements requires clear communication and guidelines to ensure both the employee's needs and the organization's requirements are met.


3. Mental Health Training and Awareness Programs

Educating the workforce about mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, can foster a culture of understanding and support. MoodConnect offers businesses like yours free therapy from Betterhelp for your team for one month! Sign up now. HR can organize training and awareness programs that cover:

- Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Basic education about what bipolar disorder is, its symptoms, and its impact on work and personal life.

- Reducing Stigma: Strategies to combat stigma and promote a more inclusive work environment.

- Supportive Communication: Training for managers and teams on how to communicate effectively and supportively with colleagues who have bipolar disorder.

These programs not only benefit employees with bipolar disorder but also enhance the overall workplace culture by promoting empathy, understanding, and support for all types of mental health challenges.


By providing these resources, HR departments can significantly impact the well-being and productivity of employees with bipolar disorder. Creating a supportive environment not only aids in the management of bipolar disorder but also contributes to a more inclusive, understanding, and productive workplace for all employees. For more resources and analytics that you can't get anywhere else, sign up for a two week free trial with the MoodConnect platform. Understand the dynamics of how your team is working with each other.

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