Most people face challenges in their lives that they must overcome in order to move on with their lives and become stronger individuals. But this can be difficult for people who are living with chronic pain. Fighting this oftentimes debilitating disease can take its toll on a person and may even lead to another disabling condition: depression.
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.