Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Throughout the legal process of fighting for your disability benefits, it might seem as though everything will be easy once the legal battle is over. Adjusting back into a regular daily routine can seem like the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this can often end up being a stressful period. Managing a disability can be daunting, and when it is related to mental health, there are many factors to consider. In order to benefit from the services and support available, it is important to know your rights. 

The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal opportunities and freedom from discrimination. This applies to the areas of employment, housing, goods, facilities and services, and more.

The Duty to Accommodate

Many people suffering from mental health issues or who have loved ones that are affected, may not realize that under the Human Rights Code, all individuals with a disability have the right to be accommodated in various situations. Due to the nature of a mental health disability, those affected may be unable to ask for assistance directly, so it is up to the service provider to accommodate those they believe may need help. Examples include a landlord finding out about a tenant’s personal support system and calling a support person if the tenant experiences a crisis, an employer facilitating an employee’s access to an addictions program, and providing information about community resources and supports. These actions are not simply acts of kindness and inclusion, they are rights under the law. 

Mental Health and Housing

Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with mental health disabilities, and those who face them often find it challenging to find stable housing. This further marginalizes this group, leading to a cycle of negative attitudes towards them. Under the law, landlords and housing providers cannot deny a person housing because that person either has or is perceived to have a mental health disability or addiction. In situations of other tenants being disturbed, the housing provider is obligated under the duty to accommodate to work with the tenant in finding a solution and support before evicting.  More information on mental health and housing can be found in the policy on human rights and rental housing, section III.2.8. 

Mental Health and Services

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act states that not only must goods and services be provided to anyone with a disability but they must be provided in such a way that respects dignity and independence. Nobody can be denied a service based on mental health disability or addiction. Examples of goods, services, and facilities include schools, universities, shops, restaurants, gyms, health care organizations, police, insurance, government services, the court system, and more. 

The Canadian Mental Health Association offers a comprehensive list of resource guides in various languages and for specific demographics. CAMH offers a variety of programs in Toronto, and can be reached online or by phone at 416-535-8501 #2. If you feel that your rights are being denied, contact the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. For legal assistance, contact Share Lawyers at 1-888-777-1109.

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