Mental Health Relief for Victims of Personal Injury
March 9, 2015 | By: Oatley Vigmond
Personal injuries take victims by surprise. In addition to physical damage, they can bring with them psychological and emotional suffering. Often victims try to repress these feelings out of pride, fear, or guilt. However, under the surface, there are significant issues at play:
• The trauma commonly results in psychological difficulties, which may include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder.
• Many victims are unable to work, or return to work at full capacity, following a personal injury. They struggle with anxiety over their financial future and security.
• Slower than expected recovery can lead to feelings of loss, frustration, and anger. In some cases, these feelings are projected towards family and friends, undermining important relationships.
• Chronic pain often causes feelings of helplessness and depression. Victims typically withdraw from the activities they once enjoyed, reinforcing their sense of isolation.
• Where victims have lost a loved one as a result of negligence, there may be a desire for vengeance and justice. These are instinctual and deep-seated feelings which can consume lives.
The Mental Health Helpline, an Ontario Government service, is a constructive outlet for victims of personal injury. The service is completely free, confidential, and anonymous. Referral Specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide supportive strategies. They can also direct callers to counselling services and supports in their community.
Detailed information on the Mental Health Helpline can be found at 1-866-531-2600 and online at http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca. Help is available in over 170 languages.