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[VIDEO] Teachers, Chronic Pain, & the Importance of Disability Benefits

[VIDEO] Teachers, Chronic Pain, & the Importance of Disability Benefit...

The need for disability benefits can feel unnecessary. To the average person who has never experienced physical or mental impairments, it can be incomprehensible. But the fact is that some disabilities actively inhibit your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If you can’t function normally during your daily routines, going to work and performing to a set standard will also be next to impossible. Teachers who suffer from chronic pain are an excellent example of why disability benefits are so necessary.  Most teachers spend their days on their feet in front of...
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The Link Between Workplace Stress & Mental Health

The Link Between Workplace Stress & Mental Health

People are increasingly aware of the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace. It is estimated that one in five Canadian workers are struggling with a mental health issue at any given time. That figure translates to roughly 3.4 million people, 500,000 of whom call in sick every week due to a mental health condition. However, many Canadians may not realize that work-related stress is one of the most significant contributors to those numbers. In a study of Canadian workers, the Globe and Mail found that a full 34% of those dealing with a mental health problems...
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Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Like many chronic illnesses, living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be extremely stressful. While stress does not cause the condition, it can certainly make symptoms worse. There are, however, many lifestyle changes that can help manage these symptoms and make life easier.  A 2010 Canadian study found that after working with 552 patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis over the course of a year, the risk of symptoms flaring increased when the patients were feeling stressed. For this reason, it is exceedingly important for patients to manage their...
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How Celebrities Change the Profile of Mental Illness

How Celebrities Change the Profile of Mental Illness

A mental health issue like anxiety or depression is a perfectly legitimate basis for a disability claim, especially if it interferes with regular workplace responsibilities. Unfortunately, people have powerful misconceptions about what a person with depression is supposed to look like, and can be dismissive of those who don’t fit the expected profile. That can be particularly true in the case of celebrities, many of whom have been increasingly forthcoming about their struggles with mental health. Justin Bieber, for instance, recently took to Instagram to reveal that he...
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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...
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Is your insurance provider watching you?

Is your insurance provider watching you?

Surveillance is a scary word that conjures up images of hidden security cameras and invasive science fiction. The reality is rarely quite that dramatic, although surveillance can still pose a threat to your long term disability claim. If you file for benefits, insurance providers will often try to gather evidence that implies that you should still be healthy enough to work, which would give them grounds to deny your claim. So what do we mean when we talk about surveillance in an insurance context? “Insurers will use surveillance…to find tidbits of information that would...