'Sad commentary' on mental health help: Money matters in treatment access

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

Breaking mental barriers, Part 3

One in two people will have a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime, while one in five adults will face such issues in any given year. Getting effective treatment is critical, but culture, language and finances can be serious barriers for some. Today, we take a look at mental health in the context of finances.

Sunday in Part 1: It seems every culture hesitates to address mental health concerns, but therapists who understand traditions and norms can help.

Monday in Part 2: Mental health concerns are best treated in one's preferred language, so the diversifying suburban population faces a growing demand for bilingual professionals.

Mental health on a budget

These resources can help people with limited incomes connect with mental health, income assistance or other essential services.

Social Security offices

To apply for Social Security disability income or insurance: (800) 772-1213

• Aurora: 1325 N. Lake St.

• Bloomingdale: 230 W. Lake St.

• Elgin: 790 Fletcher Drive

• Mount Prospect: 705 N. Wheeling Road

• Waukegan: 1930 N. Lewis Ave.

• Woodridge: 7440 Providence Drive

360 Youth Services

• Counseling for children, teens and young adults through age 25 and their families; does not turn away anyone for inability to pay

• Naperville counseling center, 1548 Bond St., Suite 114: (630) 717.9408, ext. 1180 or shelters• JOURNEYS Suburban Cook County, 1140 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine: (847) 963-9163 or• DuPage PADS, 601 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton: (630) 682-3846 or• PADS of Elgin, 1730 Berkley St.: (847) 608-9744 or• Hesed House, 659 River St., #2, Aurora: (630) 897-2156 or• PADS Lake County, 1800 Grand Ave., Waukegan: (847) 689-4357 or• McHenry County PADS, 4031 W. Dayton St., McHenry: (815) 344.1230 or county-pads/Needy Meds, national nonprofit• Offers list of low-cost and sliding scale clinics in Illinois: (800) 503-6897 or

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