The Mental Health of Families That Have a Child With a Disability: 10 Things That Make a Difference

There is a lot of information and activities designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues and to reduce the stigma that often goes along with it.

What about the mental health of families that have a child with a disability?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships.” (Canadian Mental Health Association)

While most parents will say that their child has brought tremendous joy to their lives, it is no secret that the responsibility of having a child with a disability … Read More

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Mental Illness

Those struggling with a mental illness may be eligible for SSDI

In the United States alone, millions of people suffer daily from mental illnesses that make functioning in a normal work environment next to impossible. Those affected by mental illness are just as likely to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, as people with a physical condition. If you have a mental illness that prevents you from working, you may qualify to receive SSDI benefits.

Almost 45 percent of all SSDI recipients have a mental health condition as one of several medical problems, and in more than 25 percent of all cases, the most serious issue presented is related to mental health (According to Abbott Global Health and Medical Research). While these may be encouraging statistics, simply having a mental illness often is not enough to receive SSDI. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires you to provide … Read More

Health and Wellness With A Disability

Some people are disabled from birth, or shortly after so they only know life one way. Some people, however become disabled through an accident or some other factor and suddenly they are faced with a new ‘normal’. Perhaps they lost a limb, became a paraplegic or suffered a brain incident that left them in a wheelchair. Whatever the cause, if someone suddenly finds themselves in a new normal they may be wondering how they will go on with this new life. How will they maintain their health and wellbeing?

People, regardless of their physical situation are people and their goals are the same-to keep healthy and happy for as long as they can. While it may be a bit of a challenge to keep fit from a wheelchair it can be done. Where a person may no longer be able to take a run around the block, they can do … Read More