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Mental Health Awareness Month: Navigating Life with a Disability


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Living with a disability can present unique challenges that impact mental health. From facing access barriers to dealing with societal misconceptions, the journey can be tough. But remember, you are not alone.


Statistics show that individuals with disabilities are more likely to experience mental health issues. According to the CDC, adults with disabilities report experiencing mental distress almost 5 times as often as adults without disabilities (32.9% vs. 7.3%). You can read more about these findings on the CDC website.


At Oko, we understand the importance of mental health. Here are some resources that can help:


United States:

  1. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Offers support and education for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Visit NAMI

  2. Mental Health America (MHA): Provides resources, tools, and screening for mental health conditions. Visit MHA

  3. Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text “HOME” to 741741. Learn more

  4. The Trevor Project: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth. Visit The Trevor Project



International:

  1. SANE Australia: Provides support, research, and advocacy for those affected by mental illness. Visit SANE Australia

  2. Mind UK: Offers advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Visit Mind UK

  3. Beyond Blue (Australia): Works to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, and other related mental disorders. Visit Beyond Blue

  4. CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association): Promotes mental health and supports the recovery of individuals experiencing mental illness. Visit CMHA

  5. Samaritans (UK and Ireland): Provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or struggling to cope. Visit Samaritans


Seeking help is a sign of strength. Let’s support each other in breaking the stigma around mental health and disabilities.

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