The link between poverty and mental illness is real, although not always acknowledged. Host Shannon Eliot interviews Donita Diamata, Project Coordinator for Financial Self-Sufficiency at Mental Health America of Oregon. Learn how a lack of resources can lead to mental health challenges, which in turn can contribute to unemployment, lower quality treatment options, and a chronic dependence on SSDI. While the picture may seem bleak, Donita shares why anyone in such a situation should have hope and how anyone can beat the odds and take action to improve their situation.

Note: The views expressed in this program are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare.