Medical treatment can be extremely expensive at times. Unfortunately, mental health care is no different. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find proper support, but you may have to do some research before deciding on the best route forward for yourself or your teen. Here are some inexpensive resources that you can begin to check out.
1. The Internet
Doing some research is a great way to gain understanding about mental health conditions. Remember that it can sometimes be helpful to look at a few different websites to make sure information is corroborated, but nowadays, most medical organizations and mental health foundations have an abundance of information online for you to learn from.
2. Mobile Apps
With the growth of technology, mobile apps have also become increasingly popular. Go to your app store on your phone or tablet to search for resources on mental health conditions, addiction, coping mechanisms or even low-cost therapy such as through Talkspace.
3. Hotlines and Call Centers
Hotlines and call centers are great options if you want to reach out to someone when you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health condition. A quick search online can connect you to one that suits your specific needs, but a few to keep in mind are the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255), the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) and the National Eating Disorder Association Helpline (1-800-931-2237).
4. Support Group
In your area, there might be a support group for individuals with mental health struggles. There are also support groups for those living with someone who has a diagnosis and an addiction. Visit a local community center or health clinic to learn more about the resources near you.
5. School & University Resources
If you are a student or if your child is struggling with stress or a mental health condition, schools are a great place to start to look for resources. Many schools have a councillor that you can speak to for free. Alternatively, universities often have mental health teams or centers that can offer you free or affordable resources to help you manage school stress or a diagnosis.
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