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If you live in Utah and have a mental disability, Cannon Disability Law can help you win SSD and SSI benefits. Mental health therapy, counseling, and other forms of treatment are available in Utah. This includes not only the Salt Lake City area, but other cities too. For example, free mental health services are available in Ogden, Cedar City, Vernal, Logan, and St. George.


In order to win benefits for mental health you need treatment. There are many free and low-cost treatment options in Utah.  The best thing you can do for your case is to seek ongoing treatment. Treatment includes medication, counseling, and possibly the care of a psychiatrist and psychologist.

There are eleven categories of mental health which the SSA considers to be serious mental health illness. In Utah,  serious mental illnesses includes:

In order to win disability in Utah, you must prove you have one of SSA’s categories of mental illness. There are specific elements of each mental illness that you must prove. For example, under Major Depression, you must symptoms that include insomnia, trouble concentrating, memory problems, sadness, crying spells, social isolation, and possibly suicidal thoughts.  If you have these symptoms you must also show that they prevent you from working.


Another example we could look at is Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disabling impairment. Under the Schizophrenia listing, you must show you have either delusions or hallucinations, disorganized thinking (speech), or disorganized behavior or catatonia. Not only must you have one of these symptoms, you must also have either an extreme impairment or two moderate impairments in:

  • Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
  • Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
  • Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
  • Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).

Without medical evidence, it will be impossible to prove that you have marked or extreme impairments. You must have a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist who can confirm your mental symptoms. If you don’t have money, you will need to look for free mental health services near your home.


Disability benefits for Depression are available under Listing 12.04 from the SSA. If your depression prevents you from working for over 12 months, then you should submit an application for SSD & SSI benefits. If you are unable to work, then you may be eligible for disability insurance.You may already know that Depression can effect your ability to work.

Likewise, depression symptoms can make it difficult to concentrate at work. The symptoms can interfere with your ability to arrive at work on time. It may also make you call in sick and miss too many days at work. In fact, you may have already been fired from your job. To get Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to get ongoing treatment for your major depression. Ongoing treatment and the inability to recover from Depression, is the evidence that will prove disability to the SSA.


The requirements to qualify for mental health disability benefits in Utah vary with the type of disorder. However, you must have medical documentation showing your mental health condition affects your ability to function in a 40 hour work week, despite undergoing mental health treatment.

If you have these symptoms and they impact your ability to perform full-time work, you may qualify for disability benefits. But first you will need to apply. You can apply for benefits online at the Social Security website. If you are confused about how to apply, contact Cannon Disability Law today. We can help you complete your application.


You can hire the legal team at Cannon Disability Law to help you win SSD and SSI benefits. In the past 30 years, we have won thousands of disability cases. That amounts to over $100 million in disability benefits for our clients.

Additionally, we can often tell you over the phone if we can take your case.  We will be asking you questions about your mental impairments. Also, we will be asking you the names and addresses of your treating mental health providers. For example, we will want to know the name and address of your counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Likewise, we may ask you for a list of your medications.

If you have already applied for benefits and been denied by the SSA, don’t worry. We can still help you. Our team are experts at filing appeals for our clients and winning cases at the hearing level. In the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability cases. We represent thousands of Utahns before the SSA. Put our disability experience to work for you. Contact Cannon Disability Law today.

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