MK Disability Lawyers partner Rupa Karyampudi was honoured to be featured in a recent article by Legal Matters about the need to better understand LGTBQ mental health issues. Please see an excerpt reprinted below, and visit the Legal Matters website to read the full article.
Receiving mental health care can be a challenge for those in the LGTBQ community, says Toronto and Markham-area disability lawyer Rupa Karyampudi, who calls for more awareness and understanding of the problem.
She says even though society is generally more accepting of the community at large, these individuals still face hurdles when filing long-term disability claims.
“Based on my own experience representing LGTBQ clients I would say there is a higher rate of unresolved mental health issues in their community,” Karyampudi tells LegalMattersCanada.ca. “Much of it is due to stigma and discrimination that exists in the health-care system which is preventing people from accessing treatment. It is causing many people to delay or forgo necessary care which can aggravate the condition and even make it worse.”
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