Written by: Corinne Orquiola, associate attorney & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Member
Dolan Law Firm takes a moment to recognize #MentalHealthAwareness Month. This past year has presented many challenges that tested our strength and resiliency. Throughout the pandemic, those who have never experienced mental health challenges have found themselves in crisis for the first time. More than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. Dolan Law Firm wants to assure those who are struggling that you are not alone.
More than 51 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness everyday. Fewer than half of those adults who experience mental illness get the help they need facing common barriers to treatment including the cost of mental health care and insurance, prejudice and discrimination and structural barriers like transportation. The stigma and discrimination still surrounding mental illness causes so many to suffer.
Dolan Law Firm recognizes and supports all who struggle and this month is highlighting #Tools2Thrive- what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
How do I seek help for mental health?
One way to check in with yourself is to take a mental health screen at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems. Mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety are treatable and recovery is possible. Dolan Law Firm encourages you to take the time to take care of your mental health and to reach out to others and check in on them. End the silence around mental illness.
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In California, people are protected against discrimination and harassment on the basis of actual or perceived disability – whether it is physical or mental. The disability discrimination attorneys at the Dolan Law Firm have represented numerous disabled people in achieving access and/or compensation when they have been treated unlawfully.
If you would like to learn more about your right to mental health accommodations at work, CLICK HERE.