Elder Care Attorney, Mindy Felinton talks about Mental Health Awareness Month and reminds readers that wills, as well as estate and asset protection plans may need to be created or updated to include instructions for the care of loved ones with special needs.
Delray Beach, FL October 3, 2019: Mindy Felinton, founder of Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers, has posted a new blog on her law firm’s website entitled “Depression And Mental Health Awareness Month Serve As Reminders To Update Will.” Ms. Felinton suggests that greater awareness of mental health issues may lead to the sense that those who suffer are not alone.
Felinton writes, “This is the time of year to turn our attention to upcoming holidays and, importantly to focus on those loved ones with special needs.” She continues adding, “October is devoted to the awareness of mental health. It is also Depression Awareness Month, which includes Mental Illness Week and National Depression Screening Day.”
“Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States,” says Felinton. “In fact,” she adds, “the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that in 2016 more than 16 million adults dealt with a depressive episode.”
As Felinton reminds readers, “Winter months, and the holidays in particular, very often trigger depression. While most people are singing joyful tunes and feeling the lighthearted spirit of the season, there are millions of people battling the symptoms of depression and dealing with self-destructive depressive episodes.”
“If you have a loved one suffering from mental health issues,” Felinton says, “you may also need special instructions for his or her ongoing care in your will and estate and asset protection plan. The greatest gift you can give to someone with mental health issues is to make sure they will be cared for in the event that you are not around to help them.”
The entire blog can be read at https://www.felintonlaw.com/depression-and-mental-health-awareness-month-serve-as-reminders-to-update-will/
About Mindy Felinton
From a young age, Mindy wanted to be the voice that would make an impact in people’s lives. She became an attorney and has practiced law for over 30 years, so that she could fulfill her desire to help others. As a special prosecutor, Mindy defended the underdog (literally) in cases of animal abuse. As a state attorney in Florida she fought for justice. During the last 25 years, Mindy met many wonderful people who did not know their rights, did not understand the law, and did not know what options were available. She made a decision to focus her practice on Elder Law, Medicaid, Veterans’ benefits, and Estate Planning. Thus she is able to guide her clients through those difficult and sometimes overwhelming processes.