Getting through the challenges of a family law case can sometimes take more than just legal expertise. Working through the emotions associated with a family law proceeding can be difficult. For individuals who are predisposed to depression or anxiety, the added stressors associated with divorce or custody issues can heighten mental health issues.
In 2010, the Oregon Legislature declared May “Maternal Mental Health Month,” highlighting the importance of understanding and meeting the mental health needs of mothers and families. It is important for everyone involved in a family law case to have the support and resources they need. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of support and resources available in Oregon for women and families who are dealing with depression and anxiety.
For individual centered solutions, the Community Counseling Center at Lewis and Clark College and the Community Counseling Clinic at Portland State University both provide low cost counseling services in the Portland area. OSU Cascades provides similar free counseling to Central Oregon residents.
These are just a small sample of the community resources available in Oregon. If you are struggling with a mental health issue during your family law case, let your attorney know. While we are here to serve your legal needs, we also want to ensure that you have the support and resources you need throughout your case.