Excerpt from: Atlantic Highlands Herald (click for full article)
Besides having penned this newspaper column about disability since 2002, I'm also a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor.
Recently, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) sent an email to its membership declaring May 6-12 as "Mental Health Counseling Week" and urging all AMHCA members to "set aside time during (the week) to participate in local activities to promote and reinforce the importance of mental health."
So today I'm tossing in my two cents. A disproportional percentage of people with disabilities also have a mental illness.
Overall, America is becoming more "disabled" as its population skews older and medical science becomes more skilled at preserving the lives of people with medical issues. The number of people claiming disability benefits is skyrocketing. The federal government generally determines a person has a disability when that person has a significant impairment in any major life function, such as walking, seeing or thinking.