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      National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016   05/01/2016

      Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve. In the last 7 years, our country has made extraordinary progress in expanding mental health coverage for more people across America. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions, requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans. Nearly 15 million more Americans have gained Medicaid coverage since October 2013, significantly improving access to mental health care. And because of more than $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act, community health centers have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years. Still, far too few Americans experiencing mental illnesses do not receive the care and treatment they need. That is why my most recent Budget proposal includes a new half-billion dollar investment to improve access to mental health care, engage individuals with serious mental illness in care, and help ensure behavioral health care systems work for everyone. Our Nation has made strong advances in improving prevention, increasing early intervention, and expanding treatment of mental illnesses. Earlier this year, I established a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, which aims to ensure that coverage for mental health benefits is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care, improve understanding of the requirements of the law, and expand compliance with it. Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need. My Administration also continues to invest in science and research through the BRAIN initiative to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human brain and to make it easier to diagnose and treat mental health disorders early. One of our most profound obligations as a Nation is to support the men and women in uniform who return home and continue fighting battles against mental illness. Last year, I signed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which fills critical gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses, increases peer support and outreach, and recruits more talented individuals to work on mental health issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This law will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need when they need it. All Americans, including service members, can get immediate assistance by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.  
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Depress

If You Are On Disability For Depression Can You......?

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If you feel that you are suffering from massive clinical depression, and you take a leave from work/ file for disability to get treated can you continue to have a life outside of the house. ie exersice, go watch a baseball game, go out to dinner. I know that people out for physical injuries are watched carefully by insurance companies/S.security to ensure that they are in fact injured and not out chopping wood and working around the house.

I feel that i can't continue to work but I am nervous to sign away any option to live life, if I do file. With that being said I don't have the energy to leave the house or even get off the couch now. I have to sit down to shave/shower/brush right now, and do not leave the house (aside than for work) due to massive....massive....unbelieveably crippling fatigue. I can't even cry because im so tired. any way thanks in advance for the input.

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I am on disability and my Tdoc encourages me to get out of the house. It is part of my therapy to overcome social anxiety. He filled out the the initial forms that SS sent him so I can assume he would not want me doing anything to jeopardize his reputation. I just need to report to SS when I find employment. I am a little paranoid but, I have not been aware of anyone keeping an eye on me. I live in a small town and a detective would be easy to spot. If you are still unsure you may want to ask your Tdoc about any actives you plan to do.

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I'm on permanent disability for my mental illnes. You can file with SS for temporary disability if you want. The waiting period can take 3-6 months to get a reply. If you have a disability program with your employer file for it with a note from your tdoc or medical doctor. Treatment may consist of you seeing a pdoc for medication along with your therapy.

Your tdoc is right about you getting out of the house and doing things. That is part of the recovery process. I found that no one was probably watching me to see if anything out of the ordinary was occurring with my disability. I will have to go for a reassessment with SS in a few years to see if I am still disabled. The fun part is that I will be close to the retirement age per SS, so I maybe able to just retire.

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I am on disability for depression.

I was admitted to the hospital so many times and it has gone on so long that the doctors final decisions are that its never going away for me.

I'm only 35 , so they were reluctant to issue it to me, but when you have spent the last 18 years of your life in hospitals, meds, therapy,etc I guess they see it as a lost cause.

Still I don't think they can do anything about you going out , excercising or laughing in public . It would be like someone with a heart condition running out in front of car and pulling someone in the way to safety. Just because they had that brief moment where they exerted themselves and didn't have a heart attack , doesn't mean they are cured and can now run a marathon.

Still I do wish at times I could work. Those are my good days. I've had quite a few of those lately. But I always fear a relapse is coming.

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Hi Depress,

Even if someone is on disability, they can still earn a certain amount of money each month and keep the disability, from what I have heard. I think here in Ohio you can earn over $800.00 a month and still receive disability checks. I have known someone who is on disability for Bi-polar, and he has worked in a lot of restaurants waiting tables, sometimes for 30 hours a week, and he still received his disability check. That was several years ago.

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do check that out as states may differ.

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You can work on SSD providing you do not earn more than $800 per month. This is parttime work only as, even at minimum wage, you will exceed this amount quickly. Check with SS before you locate employment as the rules do change and sometimes without notice.

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