Most communities have a local community mental health center (CMHC) or several. Their services are often free of charge. Do a google search for “psychiatric services and community mental health center.”
You can also contact local hospitals and ask if they offer low-cost or free services. Relatedly, local hospitals may offer psychological treatment via research studies.
Sometimes, universities offer affordable treatment for community members. Try searching Google for “low-cost or free psychological services and universities.”
Many religious institutions offer free or low-cost counseling services.
Other ideas include contacting mental health resource hotlines. Do a Google search for “mental health resources and the name of your town.” It’s common for local counties to offer those services for their residents.
If you served in the military, psychological treatment should be free. Contact your local Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital for more information.
The United Way has a helpline that is available round the clock for referrals for community services. Call 211 or visit their website at www.211.org
I understand your frustrations, but it is ill-advised to commit a crime or to engage in other drastic behaviors in order to receive treatment. Give the aforementioned suggestions a try. You might be surprised by what treatment is available in your own community.
I hope you’re able to find the help that you deserve. Thank you and please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle