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One of the leading causes of disability in Canada, mental illness affects one in five Canadians every year with about eight per cent of adults experiencing a major depression. Mental illness is serious and it is largely misunderstood considering its ability to impact the social and professional lives of those it affects.
Mental Health Week brings awareness
Mental Health Week seeks to bring awareness to this “invisible illness”, to reduce the stigma around it and to encourage conversations about mental illness and mental health. Sadly, stigma and shame keep those suffering with mental illness from seeking the treatment they desperately need. Lack of awareness and understanding isolates people from the support of their family, friends and co-workers. This is especially true for those who are filing disability claims.
Mental Health Week and disability claims
Mental health awareness is imperative in filing a disability claim. A successful claim requires proof of treatment. It requires a clear understanding of the illness and the limitations of the claimant. To make a claim, the insurance company will need to know how the illness affects the claimant’s ability to perform their job as well as information and observations from a doctor. These are all much easier to obtain when the stigma is removed and there is awareness, understanding and open dialogue about mental illness.
The CMHA provides the following statistics to create greater awareness of the disease.
* By age 40, about 50 per cent of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
* Anxiety disorders affect 5 per cent of households, causing mild to severe impairment.
* Approximately 1 per cent of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder.
* 1 per cent of the Canadian population is affected by schizophrenia.
* 49 per cent of those who feel that they suffer from depression or anxiety have never been to see a doctor about it.
* Stigma/discrimination presents a serious barrier to diagnosis and treatment and acceptance in the community.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, they provide services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 330 communities.
If you or someone you know needs assistance in filing a disability claim, please contact us for a free consultation. We understand, we care and we are here to help.