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Navigating a Mental Health Crisis

Depression vs Clinical Depression, Anxiety vs Chronic Anxiety….how can you tell between the two? Is it a temporary feeling or a feeling that may be more permanent? Are they irrational or is there something more to their behavior? Unlike a physical injury which is more visible and tangible, mental illness is much harder to see. How can you see a broken mind? How do you prepare for it and what can you do either for yourself or loved one? NAMI created an infographic titled, “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis” to help you prepare for a mental health crisis:

  • Warning Signs
  • What To Do
  • How to Prepare For Crisis
  • How To Develop a Crisis Plan

Over the course of time (a few days), I will display 5 infographs (including this one) on the 4 topics I listed above. I hope these infographs will prove useful for you and the people you love.

How To Get Mental Health Services When You Can’t Afford It

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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