Mental Health…a topic that most people aren’t eager to discuss and sometimes. And due to that, it’s hard to know if there any low cost options to treat mental health issues. Like for me, if it wasn’t for fact I had Medical to get even both of my anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications they would have both cost me $100 total and that was just the generic version. However, I got them both for free. Right now the therapist I’m seeing, only costs me $10 an hour.
You be wondering how could I afford these two mental health treatments? Well fortunately, I’ve had a good psychiatrist (she was my first psychiatrist, before I couldn’t afford health insurance), I went to school and found out they have mental health services and I also know of good non-profit organizations (e.g. NAMI, RAINN), that could assist me. Because let me tell you, I know absolutely no one who could have told me about these free to low cost services. And that’s why I’m telling you. I’ve been meaning to share this with you (but if you read my last article “Depression” you’d why) but I read this article from NBC online titled, “Mental Health Services: How to get treatment if you can’t afford it” they offer some resources that can offer such mental health services for free or low-cost. These include:
- Looking into either “In-Network” or federally qualified health centers
- Seeking therapists who use a sliding scale. This means what you pay is based on your income
- Seeing if you’re eligible for medicaid for free therapy
- Looking into local training institutes that may provide free sessions for up to two years
- University hospital or non-profit hospitals that are willing put students to work for a low fee
- And checking out open path psychotherapy collective. I have no idea what that is, so check the link embedded in my blog
And if you have a teenager who you suspect may have a mental illness, there are resources they access to if they don’t have health insurance:
- In-School Services
- Sliding Fee Scale (just like for adults)
- Free services
For more information on those, look at the link below:
4 Ways Teens Can Access Therapy Without Health Insurance
Lately, I’ve been listening to inspirational podcasts on spirituality and mental health and it definitely helps when stuck in the traffic jams of L.A. I will let you know about some of those podcasts in the near future.
“Therapy For Black Girls” has been one of those mental health podcasts I’ve been listening to, because well…it’s nice to hear another take on mental health in the Black community and not to mention…there’s very few Black women as therapists and psychologists, because trust me if there were I’d be at their site. But for now, listening to mental health podcasts such as “Therapy For Black Girls” serves as an additional source to therapy, self-help books and the Bible. Can’t forget my Bible.
The host for “Therapy For Black Girls”, “Dr. Joy, for the week of March 6th, had a podcast session on “The Psychology of the Black Panther”, with guest, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Parent Coach, Mercedes Samudio. The podcast I found interesting because it talked about how the “Black Panther” film, finally gave African Americans like myself a sense of pride seeing people that look like us on the silver screen taking on amazing roles and feats. And especially if you’re already a Black Nerd/Geek, like myself, it is awe-inspiring! The podcast also talked a lot about the issues I have always felt that Hollywood has failed to show with people of color…. Like seeing Black folks in a fantasy world, even if it’s in a dystopian one. I mean is Hollywood trying to say that we won’t exist in the 50 or so years??? I hope Black Panther will not be the last sci-fi/fantasy movie in the years to come, in addition to a sequel.
So I’m going to stop right here, before I ruin the rest of the podcast (because I’m very good at ruining things. I don’t mean to, I just get excited and forget myself.), so here is the site to the podcast and the one you can listen to from the “Therapy for Black Girls” website.
Therapy For Black Girls: Session 47
Therapy For Black Girls Podcast
Every now and then I like to listen to uplifting, educational and/or entertaining podcasts. So let me share one I listen to—Assembly of Geeks. Well, mostly their segment, “Superhero Therapy”. Sound familiar? If not, it is coined by, Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy”. She just started her segment last year on the Podcast, with one of the first topics on Harry Potter. I encourage you to check out the Geek Podcast. Dr. Scarlet’s segment there is very informative especially on how she ties in mental health with popular tv shows and movies like, “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars”. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Like Harry Potter? Dealing with emotional issues? Would you LIKE to better understand mental/emotional health (topics both either overunderestimately or underestimately understood)Why not have both? “Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section” by Dr. Janina Scarlet delves not into the World of Harry Potter, but uses the characters and scenarios from the series to not only entertain but to help you learn how better manage your mental/emotional health. I have read her first book, “Superhero Therapy” and being someone who is familiar with such topics of mental health, she is really good at using the essence of superhero characters and villains to depict mental and emotional health concerns and issues. So, if you’d like to check out her work, especially on how she uses the world of Harry Potter to better conceptualize mental/emotional health, click the link below and you can download her book for free! Yes! I said it free. How do I know? ‘cause I also listen to her “Superhero Therapy” segment on the “Assembly of the Geeks” podcast. Which is also really good! So give it a chance I think you might like it, ESPECIALLY if you’re into Harry Potter like me!
Below is the link for the website and the download. You can download as a PDF, on your kindle or on any ebook.
Harry Potter Therapy
If you like to purchase this book, please it via this link. Proceeds go to this website.
Back in August, I was interviewed for the online magazine, “Like Minded Magazine” that showcases the many stories of “like minded” individuals who combat their mental illness everyday. In this issue of the magazine, I discuss of course myself, how I live with anxiety and depression, treatment being an African American living with mental illness and of course my blog. I also provide many national and international sites for those living with mental illness.
What I like about the magazine, was it put a “face” to mental illness. Too often, society thinks that people who live mental illness are “mentally deranged” and use it to account for violence as seen on the news. However, that’s not at all true. Many of us are just as “normal” as the next person…we just happen to live with mental illness.
I was to show this last year, but I had so much things on last August, it slipped my mind. Anyways, here’s a snippet of my interview with “Like Minded Magazine”.
For more on the interview, click on the link below:
Like Minded Magazine-Interview
In addition to this pic, Todd Fisher, the late Carrie Fisher’s younger brother, announced in the upcoming link from people magazine online the importance on kids and their family understanding and pursuing mental health:
Carrie Fisher’s Brother Urges Kids to Get Help for Mental Illness and Learning Disorders: “Use Her As Your Role Model”