Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for people ages 15-44. In any given year, an estimated 26.2 percent of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
A variety of factors may contribute to mental illness, including a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors such as a reduction in work hours, dealing with a medical condition or stress at home.
Although mental illness rates are high, it often goes untreated. The Health Promotion Division seeks to erase the stigma associated with seeking help for a mental health issue as well as make access to services easier and encourage people to get the help they need.
On the Resources tab, we have compiled a list of mental health resources with a brief description of each one. We also have created a veterans section specifically for veterans and their families. Many Laborers and/or their dependents have served in the military or are still in the military. We recognize the additional stress and related mental health issues that military service can create for our troops and for their families.
We encourage you and/or your family to check out the resources and follow-up for more information if needed. Asking a family member or friend to assist in the process may make it easier if you’re feeling overwhelmed or having trouble getting help.
Some LIUNA health and welfare funds may provide various benefits and programs to address mental health and substance abuse issues. Some provide mental health and substance abuse coverage for members and their families which may require preapproval before accessing. Please review your summary plan description or call your health and welfare fund office to learn about your coverage.
Some health and welfare funds provide a Member Assistance Program (MAP). This is generally a free benefit to members and their families to address mental health or substance abuse issues. The MAP can be a starting point to seeking help and assistance.