Allsup Helps Individuals with Disabilities ‘Claim Power’ On YouTube

About 75% of participants say programs helped them cope with life better; many gained knowledge, hope and increased self-esteem

Belleville, Ill. — Jan. 5, 2017 — Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, announced its True Help Claiming Power web event series is now available for viewing on its YouTube channel.  According to Tai Prohaska, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances, the series is designed to help people living with chronic illness and disabilities recharge their power resources to improve their physical and mental health, relationships and finances.

“Research shows that individuals living with disabilities or chronic illness often experience feelings of powerlessness,” said Prohaska. “The True Help programs, now available on YouTube, help people recharge their power resources, and reclaim their lives.”

Numerous studies show that feelings of powerlessness are associated with negative health outcomes, including greater activity limits, psychosocial symptoms such as depression and anxiety, and earlier mortality. Most of the personal power resources addressed were adapted from the book by Judith Miller, Coping with Chronic Illness. They include:

  • Knowledge
  • Hope
  • Self-esteem
  • Motivation
  • Social network
  • Finances
  • Psychological stamina
  • Energy
  • Physical strength

The True Help series recognizes personal and social resources as keys to health empowerment. Social resources include the nonprofit health organizations that participated in the series, including the American Chronic Pain Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the Caregiver Action Network, the Colon Cancer Alliance, the EDI Institute, the Invisible Disabilities Association, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Mood Network, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Stroke Association.

Participants agree that connecting with organizations that speak directly to them can have a profound effect on their lives.

“I have had tears in my eyes the last two presentations and videos because no one truly understands how lonely and isolating these conditions can be,” wrote one participant. “This is the first time I’ve seen true validation and help.”

More than half of the 550 program participants said their power resources were almost empty or totally drained at the beginning of the program.  Of participants surveyed:

  • 94% would recommend the web event to others.
  • 84% said the program helped them understand the relevant topic, as it pertained to them, much better or better.
  • 75% said the program will help them cope with life much better or better.
  • 67% said that their ability to stay healthy was much better or better after participating in the program.
  • Participants said the top three power resources that help them recharge were knowledge (62%), hope (44%) and self-esteem (33%).
  • 40% said hope was their strongest power resource.
  • 21% said finances were their weakest power resource.

Click the links below to view the program videos.

  1. True Help Claiming Power Over Pain
  2. True Help Claiming Power to Improve Your Mental Health
  3. True Help Claiming Power to Improve Your Relationships
  4. True Help Claiming Power to Improve Your Finances

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Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability representation, return to work, and healthcare insurance services. Our professionals work with employers and insurance carriers to deliver specialized services that support people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. Learn more at and @Allsup.

About True Help

True Help, a division of Allsup, was created to focus solely on our customized services for individuals and organizations. We are a full-service, national provider of expert disability claim services, including Social Security disability representation, return to work, veterans disability appeal, and healthcare insurance assistance. Our philosophy is simple: people with disabilities deserve a real chance to reclaim their lives. With True Help, it’s possible. Learn more at


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