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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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Madeleine

Can I Get Disability?

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I applied for disability 2 years ago and was rejected. I have had severe and debilitating depressions since age 13. Last week I got my SS statement in the mail: I earned a total of about $5000 in my lifetime (I'm almost 48.) I married in my twenties and raised two daughters, though it was very challenging. My husband, who I met in college and married while we were both pre-med students, went on to become a doctor and promised that he would always take care of me. I adored him and trusted him. After 21 years of marriage (including many years of near-poverty through the time he was in medical school and residency) he divorced me, and left me with just enough resources to survive (rent, food, utilities.) Nothing at all left over and I have no assets or extended family. The people at SSDI said I didn't have enough "points" to qualify for SSDI and rejected my file. I'm very frightened, exhausted, and feel that I have no future at all. I really desperately need some good advice. Does anyone on here know anything that I can do about this? Many thanks in advance.

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Madelaine,

I wish I could help you on this one, unfortunately I am in a similar situation but our system is much different from yours. Are you not getting adquate spousal support you may want to revisit this issue.

I wish you the best of luck and that you are able to sort this out soon.

Michelle

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Oh man, I'm so sorry. I am going through the SSDI process, but I do have enough credits to qualify. Can you get SSI??

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Do you get any alimony?

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Do you get any alimony?

$350.00/wk.

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Do you get any alimony?

$350.00/wk.

You may be able to qualify for SSI...have you looked into that? They don't take work credits into account.

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this may be a stupid question, but how or where do you go to find out if you qualify for disability? I could really use it, i have severe depression, anxiety and panic attacks and am on meds.

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in the us, it's social security that takes care of it... it's quite a process, i guess, but people i know have gotten it.. not sure what it is where you are tho... do u have social security or something similar there?

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chiqnina,

Depending on where you live in Canada it is available to you. There are variables to consider regarding to where to go, as in, are you working now? If not, then it is generally through social assistance. For eg. in ontario it is a branch of Ontario Works called ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Plan). Each province has some variation of it.

If you are working, then it is a matter of the type of insurance you have with the company, if any.

As stated by a previous poster regarding the U.S.A. and it being quite a procedure, I am afraid to say that it is often a difficult one here also. Things to consider when applying into such programs are documentation and paper trails regarding your illness.

What tends to happen to most people who apply is that you are instantly refused it. They do this hoping you will just simply go..'well crap...that sux." and go away. This is where the tribunal process can begin, for most anyone who gets disability needs to have some sort of a fight with the system. The good news regarding the fight is that there are free legal services available to do your fighting for you, and you'll need them...and once the process has begun any and all benefits you are entitled to if you do win will end up being paid to you retroactive to your initial claim.

I just went through this process and ended up receiving over 2 years worth of retro back pay in a lump sum check. That was pretty helpful given our financial circumstances. Heck, it was more then helpful...it was HUGE. And now we are receiving monthly supplements with a wide array of benefits we didn't have before.

If you have more questions or can share more on your situation or location in Canada and need assistance, either put it here, or if it is more comfortable for you, feel free to Private Message me and I will help you in any way I can.

Good luck.

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Do you get any alimony?

$350.00/wk.

Madeleine, if you don't have enough points you will not get SSDI. SSI is a form of federal welfare and with an income of 350.00 a week I seriously doubt you'd qualify for that either. You can apply online to start the process, it took me about 18 months to get approved (for SSDI). I was rejected on my inital application but got approved on appeal with an attorney. Just remember that SSDI is insurance based on what you paid into the system while SSI is federal welfare, they are 2 different things. You should try to find out if there is any possibility of getting it (SSDI), based on your former husbands earnings.

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Do you get any alimony?

$350.00/wk.

Madeleine, if you don't have enough points you will not get SSDI. SSI is a form of federal welfare and with an income of 350.00 a week I seriously doubt you'd qualify for that either. You can apply online to start the process, it took me about 18 months to get approved (for SSDI). I was rejected on my inital application but got approved on appeal with an attorney. Just remember that SSDI is insurance based on what you paid into the system while SSI is federal welfare, they are 2 different things. You should try to find out if there is any possibility of getting it (SSDI), based on your former husbands earnings.

Good idea, John. If you were married for 10 years or longer, I believe you'd be entitled to it based on his earnings. Good luck Mad!

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Your alimony income will most likely disqualify you for SSI. You definitely don't qualify for welfare or public assistance. Your annual income is probably above the poverty level in your state which means you won't be able to get much in the way of assistance.

I exist on a tad over $1400 from SSD. There's a few dollars left for food and I don't qualify for food stamps. It's tough, but I make do with what I have.

Are you able to work at all? or are you mentally/physically disabled?

One thing, you are entitled to a portion of your ex's SS retirement providing you don't remarry.

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