Below are some ideas for your consideration. I hope they’re helpful.
- Contact your local Community Mental Health Center (CMHC). Most communities have a CMHC. They often provide free or sliding-scale services to people who don’t have health insurance.
- Contact your local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) group. They can be found in most communities. As advocates, they are very knowledgeable about the mental health system.
- Contact the health department. Inquire about support groups that might be located in your geographic area.
- Review the websites of local universities. Universities sometimes offer free or low-cost therapy services. University researchers might be recruiting participants for psychological studies. You might be eligible to receive free therapy services through one of those studies.
- You might try the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. According to their website, there are over 700 free national peer support groups. Perhaps there is one in your area.
- If you have insurance, call the 1-800 phone number on the back of your insurance card. They can provide referrals to providers in your community.
- You might try calling local therapists and asking if they offer discounts if you don’t have insurance.
- Try your local congregation. A church might offer counseling services for free.
- Discuss these issues with your prescribing physician. He or she can refer you to counseling services.
- Finally, call your local crisis team or go to the hospital if you feel like you might harm yourself or someone else. During a crisis, you will be provided assistance no matter your income. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle