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July Designated National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

July 2010 - While mental illness doesn't discriminate, many minorities find themselves facing barriers when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Cultural differences and lack of information about mental health creates a stigma that prevents many minorities suffering from mental health disorders from seeking treatment and the disability benefits that could be helping to improve their lives. Allsup, a leading provider of Social Security disability insurance and Medicare plan services, is leading the initiative by providing free literature for individuals and organizations to distribute to help raise awareness.

The designation of July as the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was done to create an opportunity to educate the public about serious mental illness issues in diverse communities. The hope is that the more individuals reached by the programs, the more advances the medical community will seek to better support minority patients.

The outreach programs focus on some predominant barriers in many minority communities, including language, lack of health insurance, and a lack of personal knowledge of mental health conditions. Many cultures do not believe in the diagnosis of mental health conditions, and therefore may divert affected individuals from seeking help.

Contacting a New York Disability Lawyer 

Regardless of race, ethnic background or religion, all Americans have the right to seek Social Security disability benefits if they suffer from mental illness that prevents them from seeking gainful employment. If you are unsure about your situation, or would like help in filing a Social Security disability claim, the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. are there to assist you.

Before you hire a New York disability lawyer, order this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Filing a Social Security Disability Claim, to give you an idea of the Social Security disability claims process. Contact a New York disability lawyer at the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for more information about your case - 718-701-2776.

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