Weekly Feature

2018-04-12 / Business

Lancaster resident to oversee MHA’s Mindset program

The Mental Health Association of Erie County has named Lancaster resident Daniel Lukasik, director of workplace well-being, to oversee the agency’s Mindset program.

Lukasik is a mental health advocate and practicing lawyer with 30 years of experience, MHA staff said.

He lectures around the country on topics of stress, anxiety and depression. In 2008, Lukasik created a weekly lawyer support group in his community for those who struggle with depression and the website www.lawyerswithdepression.com, the first website and blog of its kind in the nation, to help law students, lawyers and judges cope with and heal from depression.

Since its launch, the website has grown to serve not only those in the legal profession but anyone who struggles with stress, anxiety and depression, MHA staff said.

The site has had more than 2 million page views and been voted one of the top depression blogs in the country five years running by Medical News Today and Healthline.com.

Lukasik’s work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, The Huffington Post, Esperanza magazine, CNN and many other national and international publications.

He also served as the executive producer of the original documentary “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession.”

“We are fortunate to have such a committed and passionate mental health advocate with Dan’s level of experience join the MHA team,” said Ken Houseknecht, MHA executive director.

“Workplace mental well-being is a growing focus of MHA’s mission.”

Spending on mental health hit $221 billion in 2014, making it the single most expensive medical condition in the U.S. with $193 billion in workplace earnings lost each year due to serious mental illness.

Lukasik graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in psychology, and the University at Buffalo School of Law. He has been the recipient of numerous community service awards and served as chairman of the board for Compeer of Greater Buffalo.

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