Academic Leadership Journal


David Schwebel


Mental illness affects nearly every family. Recent epidemiological studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest over 26% of US citizens have a diagnosable mental illness at any one point in time (WHO World Mental Health Survey Consortium, 2004). In many cases, mental illness does not seriously impact functioning; individuals can still work, create, and teach, despite the presence of an illness. When mental illness intensifies, however, it can impact one’s ability to function in all domains of life, including the workplace. The same WHO survey suggested nearly 8% of Americans have a mental illness serious enough to interfere with completion of their normal activities more than one day a week (WHO World Mental Health Survey Consortium, 2004).