Mental Health Awareness for SSDI recognized in July

Because people in communities of color are less likely to know the signs of mental illness and the available treatments, the month of July has been designated National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The idea is to help people in multi-cultural areas of Saint Louis and other areas better understand mental illness and obtain proper treatment that can be documented.

Many people do not realize that depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, anxiety attacks, schizophrenia, and other forms of mental illness are one of the most common types of disabilities in America. When a mental health issue prevents a person from working for over a year, it may be possible to collect monthly social security disability benefits. 

The required paperwork to file a SSDI claim must provide a medical diagnosis and information about medication that may be used to treat the illness. It should also have a list of doctor visits, locations of doctor offices or hospitals visited, and a current medical evaluation describing the effects of the mental illness. All paperwork should be completed fully and accurately when the documentation is delivered to the Social Security Administration. If an applicant is denied benefits, there is an appeals process, but the odds are stacked against the disabled person and 88% of first appeals are unsuccessful.

It can be helpful for a person to receive help when filing for disability benefits to make sure that the paperwork is correct and complete. An experienced attorney can provide the necessary assistance and advice for the best possible result. 

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month,” Clix, July 8, 2013 

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