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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 with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

After your settlement, there will be a feeling of great relief. However, the calm after the storm comes with its own set of challenges.  Adjusting to life with a disability is never easy. Change is difficult, and finding ways to cope with certain limitations is a challenge. Learning to accept your disability is a process, filled with highs and lows. Experts encourage those in this situation to allow themselves a period of mourning. Experiencing sadness and frustration is normal, and should not be suppressed. Allowing yourself to feel and express yourself honestly...
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Raquelle Won Her Benefits With the Help of Share Lawyers

Raquelle Won Her Benefits With the Help of Share Lawyers

For Raquelle, things took a turn for the worse after her company was bought out. The new ownership wanted to switch everything to different software and systems, and as an IT Support Clerk, it fell to Raquelle to facilitate the transition. Normally, that wouldn’t have been a problem. However, she didn’t realize how much of the assignment she would have to shoulder on her own. Though Raquelle was one of several clerks, the rest of the team was let go when her new bosses decided it would be easier to start from scratch with an IT team trained exclusively on the new...
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Denied Disability Due to Change of Definition

Denied Disability Due to Change of Definition

As a 34-year old Collections Specialist in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Evan spent most of his day on the phone with people in tight financial circumstances. That made for a lot of awkward calls. In most cases, he could hear the anxiety in people’s voices as they tried to figure out how they were going to find the money to pay their bills, but he was good at navigating those conversations to find a solution that was agreeable to everyone. Of course, the regular talks with financially strained account holders still took a toll. Some of their stress inevitably carried over...
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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...