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There is a mistaken assumption among many people that mental illness isn’t a legitimate medical problem. In reality, the illness can be as serious—and tangible—as heart disease. Mental illness affects the brain just like coronary artery disease affects the heart. Because of a lack of education about mental illness, many employers, co-workers, insurers, friends, family, and even some physicians may not fully understand the level of support you require to recover. Also, the stigma associated with mental illness can be a barrier to seeking and receiving needed support.

It can be difficult to figure out and access the various services and benefits, which are spread out among many systems—employer benefits, employee assistance programs (EAPs), family doctors, specialists, and insurers. You may not know what support you're entitled to, or may not be in a position to advocate for yourself. In addition, service providers often fail to talk to each other regularly about your care, so there can be little or no coordination of your support.

Limited resources also pose a barrier to adequate care. In the National Capital Region, far too many people wait as long as six months to a year to receive an assessment by a psychiatrist. When they’re finally seen, they may only get a one-time consultation with no ongoing psychiatric care. Too often, people with mental illness aren’t treated in the early stages of their illness. This prolongs the impairment, and can lead to needless loss of productivity at work, needless suffering for the individual and their family, and a needless delay in returning to well-being.

Limitations within the healthcare system
When you finally do receive treatment, you aren’t necessarily getting what you need. The current healthcare model often offers only fragmented services; there is infrequent integration of care within the community, and limited ability to customize treatment to your needs. If you require support from more than one professional—for example, a psychiatrist and a psychologist—you usually have to visit different centres. Not only is this lack of coordination inconvenient, it also means that your treatment isn’t monitored by one team or delivered in a fully cohesive and integrated fashion.

Benefits of early intervention
Leaving mental illness untreated can tear lives apart. As the person suffering from the illness, you may start to lose touch with your sense of identity and self-worth. When the illness impairs your work performance, you may lose the joy of feeling valued and productive. The changes to your mood and behaviour can strain relations with family, friends, and colleagues.

These feelings and consequences are significant. But they can be managed and turned around as long as you seek treatment. The vast majority of people with mental illness who get the appropriate intervention—and are empowered to stay connected to meaningful productive activities—show recovery. Please visit How we can help to learn more.
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