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How to Help a Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

How to Help a Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When you have a loved one who has experienced sexual assault, knowing how to be an effective friend and ally can be hard to navigate. Their experience is deeply personal and traumatic. While in many cases it can be difficult to relate, there are concrete ways to help. When a friend of Ilona’s experienced a trauma, Ilona felt helpless. In such a terrible circumstance, how would she be able to understand what her friend needed? Should she reach out, or give her space?...
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Resources for Those with Depression

Resources for Those with Depression

Depression is an insidious disease. Often regarded as an “invisible illness”, as with many other mental illnesses, depression affects roughly 8% of Canadians. Those under the age of 20 are most likely to exhibit symptoms of depression, and it is the fourth leading cause of disability in the world. It affects women in different ways than men, as they are 1.5 times more likely than men to be hospitalized for depression, and are twice as likely to experience depression. 90% of people suffering from depression never seek treatment. However, 80% of people who do seek...
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Talking About Mental Health at Work

Talking About Mental Health at Work

It’s hard enough having mental illness, but the prospect of talking about it at work can seem almost too much to bear. While it’s usually straightforward to explain that you need time off for the flu, the stigma around mental illness makes it far more difficult to address symptoms of depression in a similar manner. One of our clients, Sandra, recently experienced this exact scenario. While Sandra’s depression is often controlled by medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can fluctuate during particularly challenging life events. Five years ago during a...
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Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

When we think of a debilitating condition, we often think of something physical. As a result, mental illnesses often go unattended, ignored, maligned, and sometimes even brushed aside. But according to CAMH – the Center for Addiction and Mental Health – in a given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience some form of mental illness. By the time they reach the age of 40, it’s estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians have, or have had, a mental illness. Those numbers are staggering, and cannot be ignored. Postpartum depression is no exception, and, according to the...
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Mental Health: Round Up

Mental Health: Round Up

At Share Lawyers, we know how difficult it can be to claim Long Term Disability benefits with an invisible illness, of which mental illnesses are quite prominent. We’ve rounded up three blogs that touch on mental health in various different ways. Here we discussed the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders, and the difficulties of living with an invisible illness. We’ve also put together a collection of national resources for addiction and mental health. Warning Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders Eating disorders are a very serious and sometimes fatal illness....
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Share Lawyers Takes On a Denied Military Claim

Share Lawyers Takes On a Denied Military Claim

At Share Lawyers, we ensure that every client is provided superior individual attention. Due to her PTSD, Sarah was unable to seek full-time employment as a project manager, which would have allowed her to pay off her student loans. She sought help from us after her military disability benefits were denied. Unable to leave her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Sarah appreciated Share Lawyers’ willingness to communicate with her by phone, email and courier. She appreciated the enthusiastic approach we took to her case, commending us for being “very positive and respectful.” She...