AstraZeneca has long supported the mental health community and initiatives to assist people with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and other conditions in living healthier, more productive lives. AstraZeneca is proud to support programs that can help you and your family in partnership with many leading mental health organizations, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, The Jed Foundation, Mental Health America, Families for Depression Awareness, and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
Organizations: From support groups to advocacy organizations, here are ones you may want to consider as you work toward reaching your goals.
Social Security disability benefits: See if these benefits may be available if a loved one cannot work due to a medical condition.
Mental illness, like physical illness, can be serious and disabling. It is possible for people diagnosed with a mental illness to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but not everyone will qualify and certain guidelines must be met.
Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least 1 year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not. Certain family members of disabled workers can also receive money from Social Security.
There are multiple ways that a person can learn more about these benefits and apply for them:
Applying for disability benefits does not guarantee that benefits will be granted. Strict requirements must be met in order for benefits to be granted.
If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic mental illness, additional support and resources are available.
AstraZeneca has long supported the mental health community and initiatives to assist people with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and other conditions in living healthier, more productive lives.
AstraZeneca is proud to support programs that can help you and your family in partnership with many leading mental health organizations, including those listed below.
3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are for people who are living with mental illness. These groups hold regular meetings and are intended for people with any mental illness who seek to learn from others' experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement, understanding, and support. Groups are available around the country. To find available groups near you, visit www.nami.org/connection
A nine-week educational program on the topic of mental illness for any person with a psychiatric diagnosis. It provides information on the biological bases of mental illness; emotions, advocacy, and empowerment; and coping and treatment strategies. It is taught by mentors who have personally experienced mental illness. Find a course near you at www.nami.org/P2P
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60654-7225
DBSAlliance.org connects you with in-depth educational materials regarding depression and bipolar disorder, wellness options, peer support, and advice on how to help others. In addition to printed materials available by mail, DBSA provides downloadable brochures, a host of podcasts, videos, inspirational stories, online support groups, and online courses to help you define, achieve, and maintain wellness. As independent affiliates of DBSA in their local communities, DBSA chapters offer more than 700 free, peer-facilitated support groups where you will find comfort and direction, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others. Learn more at www.DBSAlliance.org/FindSupport
The Facing Us Clubhouse is home to a wealth of customizable personal wellness tools to help you live a full, healthy, and happy life. Inside, you can chart lifestyle, mood, and treatment with the DBSA Wellness Tracker; get artsy in the Dave’s Spark Creativity Center; keep a personal journal; listen to Facing Us Radio; send e-postcards; create a personal wellness plan; share wellness tips; and browse inspirational stories. DBSA Wellness Tracker is an online tool and app to help you recognize potential health problems and mood triggers in your daily life. Learn more at www.FacingUs.org/Tracker
1140 Broadway, Suite 803
New York, NY 10001
The Jed Foundation is a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and college students. Our programs are inspiring a new national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm. These programs include: JedCampus, a groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students; ULifeline, an online resource that helps students understand and address mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders; the Half of Us campaign, with MTV, which uses online and on-air programming to share stories and encourage help-seeking; the Love is Louder movement that helps individuals, communities and schools build resiliency, create connectedness and promote acceptance; Transition Year, an online resource for parents aimed at helping to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into college life; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote emotional health and protect at-risk students. Learn more at www.jedfoundation.org
US National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated Medline searches are included in MedlinePlus and provide easy access to references to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, the latest health news, and surgery videos.
1701 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
The National Council for Community Behavioral Health serves more than six million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. The NCCBH is committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life. The NCCBH also offers Mental Health First Aid, a certification program similar to CPR that helps health care providers, educators, faith leaders, employers, and others learn to recognize a mental health crisis, and also provides resources and direction for treatment options. The program helps to combat stigma, educate key audiences, and improve access to treatment for individuals with mental illnesses. For more information, visit www.thenationalcouncil.org
395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 404
Waltham, MA 02451
The Mental Health Family Tree program raises awareness of the possible family connection of bipolar disorder. Through the use of a simple Web-based tool, individuals can map out their family's history of mental illness and print out their mental health family tree for their next doctor or other health care professional visit. Build your own family tree at www.familyaware.org/web-tools/mental-health-family-tree.html
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Mental Health America is the nation's largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives. With more than 300 affiliates across the country, they touch the lives of millions—advocating for changes in policy, educating the public and providing critical information, and delivering urgently needed programs and service.
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