Program Details*


Mental Illness and Employment


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five US adults live with a form of mental illness. The number of people reaching out for help only increased with COVID. In this discussion, Emily will talk about her stories of helping those who struggle with severe mental illness, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and more, and the obstacles and challenges she has overcome to help them find employment.

Presenter’s Name

Emily Bialas

Presenter’s Bio

Emily is an Assistant Program Director at Thresholds, a Chicago local non-profit that aims to improve the lives of those suffering from mental illness, in the Employment Department. She oversees four teams of Employment Specialists that work tirelessly to help their clients, who all suffer from severe mental illness, in reaching their education and employment goals.

*Note: The information above is a draft provided by the presenter and may be different in the HalloweeM Program Booklet.

Date Time

Saturday, October 30th at 1 PM US/CDT


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