Not only are Social Security Disability Benefits awarded to Missouri residents who are unable to work due to physical disabilities, but they are also available to those who suffer from certain mental conditions as well. According to a Yale University psychiatry professor, there are currently 3.5 million people in America suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental conditions who depend on their Social Security Disability benefits to survive. Unfortunately, many of these beneficiaries lack the ability to control and organize their finances, which can lead to many issues.
For St. Louis parents living with a child with a mental illness such as autism, depression, or bipolar disorder, the daily stresses and concerns that they deal with can be overwhelming. Combine that with the financial costs associated with the child's care, and parents may wonder how they'll ever be able to handle the situation they're faced with.
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.