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Boys need better access to mental health care. Why aren’t they getting it?

Mental health has become a crisis among America’s youth, and experts say the unique challenges and needs of young men are not receiving enough attention.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boys-need-better-access-mental-health-care-why-aren-t-n947941

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

“Suicide Rates Have Soared”

NBC Article on Suicide

Over the past weekend while watching the news, I discovered analarming information: suicide rate has risen to a 30 year high! Death by suicide has grown by 24% between 1999 and 2014.  Suicide rates went up by 13 suicides per 100,000 in 2014 compared to 1999 which had 10.5 per 100,000 people. The most affected population are young girls aged 10-14 years old!  In 1999, the suicide rate was 1.7 per 100,000 compared to the year 1999 which had 1 out of 200,000.

These numbers are…well…there are no words I can say about this. I mean, researchers don’t know what exact external factors to pinpoint. They think social media may be one of the factors. Despite the lack of factors, researchers still say to look out of the warning signs for suicide such as talking about wanting to die, talking about feeling unbearable pain, and feeling like a burden to others and becoming socially isolated.

In spite of this, I am glad that there has been more awareness not just on suicide, but on how to recognize it. We need more awareness on mental health disorders, so that people can live life to the fullest and to their full potential. To read more on the information click on the information below:

Suicide Rates Have Soared