There is a growing number of Canadians who are suffering from mental illnesses which include depression, anxiety and other health-related conditions. Unfortunately, mental health is a hidden issue in our society despite the growing number of sufferers.
The stigma surrounding mental illness, when coupled with the fact that there is widespread misinformation, fear and prejudice, cause people who are suffering to often remain silent. They avoid taking the initial measures necessary to get the help they need which causes their mental health issues grow exponentially.
Whether it is the stress resulting from a job or a personal injury, there are a myriad of factors that can lead to a mental illness. Mental illness can impact all facets of a person’s life. It can impede their ability to perform their job properly, which will impact their financial, physical and emotional health in the future.
For a growing number of Canadians, discussing their mental health issues with their employer is difficult. There is a stigma that is placed upon them from colleagues and management teams which often causes the suffering employees to fear that their job status may be in jeopardy.
The physical, emotional, and financial costs of a mental illness can be extremely burdening for sufferers and their families. There is a serious lack of the necessary support and services for employees, particularly in the workplace. This perpetual cycle of lack of resources and inability to voice their mental illness concerns, can lead to long term difficulties.
Employers are ill-prepared to provide support for employees who are dealing with mental health issues. In addition, insurance companies attempt to provide minimal financial compensation and attempt to avoid giving sufferers the financial support they so rightly need.
If you suffer from a mental illness, then plan on taking the necessary steps to protect your health. The first step you take should be talking to your doctor and getting all of the necessary treatment options and advice. Mental health is unique in that it can remain a life-long challenge for sufferers and require long-term access to treatment. When your mental health impacts your day-to-day ability to function, then you should look to be protected and secured both financially and emotionally. You should also make certain that your treatment plans are effective and appropriate.
Mental health is a difficult subject to discuss in any industry for fear that you may be perceived as weak and unable to adequately perform your job. It remains uncommon for senior level management to have an open and supportive policy for employees to feel they can rely on.
The personal injury lawyers at the Himelfarb Prozanski have the experience you need to protect your rights in cases involving mental health. You should not have to suffer silently out of fear that your employer may not understand or that you may not get the financial support you and your family need during this difficult time. Relying upon the knowledge of a personal injury lawyer can help ensure you get the right kind of support to allow your long term mental health to improve which will get you back to your normal day-to-day life.