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Mental illness is one of the leading causes of disability in Canada. Mental illness affects a person’s ability to function in many ways, be it socially, at work or activities of daily living. Although 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness in any given year, it is still considered to be an “invisible illness”. This is why awareness campaigns are important.
Mental Health Week begins on May 7, 2018 (ends on May 13, 2018). Mental Health Week is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The campaign is meant to reduce stigma and encourage a conversation about mental illness and mental health. The campaign takes advantage of social media platforms and encourages people to use the hashtag, #GETLOUD.
Reducing stigma is important as stigma is known to prevent people from seeking treatment.
Why does Mental Health Awareness week matter? Awareness campaigns are important because they are meant to help people gain a better understand of mental illnesses. When someone files a disability claim for an invisible illness, it is important to show your insurance company you are following treatment recommendations or are attending the right kind of treatment for your condition. The insurance company needs to understand how your illness prevents you from working and have an idea of what your restrictions and limitations are based on your symptoms and your doctor’s observations.
This year, Mental Health Week is focused on what mental health really is. The CMHA explains that mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. It is explained that everyone has mental health the same way we all have physical health, and mental health is a state of being. It is noted that many Canadians without a diagnosed mental disorder experience poor mental health, for example according to the Government of Canada, 46% of Canadian workers feel at least a bit of stress daily. The CMHA provides tips for mental health on its website.
Here are some other important statistics to consider: (courtesy of CMHA)
If you or someone you know have been denied short-term or long-term disability benefits for any reason, you should contact a disability lawyer to find out what your rights and obligations are as an insured person. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates offer a free initial consultation with a licensed lawyer that can be arranged at a date and time that is convenient for you.
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