People struggling with mental illness in Pennsylvania face an uphill battle with their disease. People need to overcome large challenges just to live day-to-day. For many working is out of the question, since they struggle just to meet their basic needs.
Having a supportive network of help can make all the difference for people who are living with mental disorders including schizophrenia. With the right advocates, people can have success with their medications, find housing and live as normal of a life as possible. This support system can ensure that if people discontinue their medication that they are kept safe and receive proper medical attention. Without this support system, those with mental illnesses and disorders can easily end up living on the streets or in mental health facilities.
Another resource available to many people living with mental illness is Social Security disability benefits. With the right help, people can apply for these benefits and receive monthly income. In many cases SSDI will be able to provide these individuals with the income they need despite the fact that they cannot work. This income can then be used to pay for everyday expenses, medical care, food, clothing and other amenities. It can ensure that people with mental illness can still take care of their basic needs.
However, people will not automatically receive these much needed payments. People with qualifying mental conditions must apply to receive SSDI. This application process can be difficult. Therefore, people should make sure they understand their right to these benefits and what they need to do in order to receive the payments.
Source: The Bellingham Herald, “Supportive network crucial for mentally disabled,” Cathy Smith, Oct. 6, 2014