This post was last updated on December 29th, 2020 at 07:07 am
A little known fact that not everyone has come to realize is that mental health is just as important as physical health.
When you get the flu, have an infection, or suffer from an injury that causes you extreme pain, you do not think twice about visiting a healthcare clinic to get the help you need.
This is often impossible to replicate when it comes to mental health problems and this is in part due to the inability to speak openly about such issues. It also has to do mainly, with the complications of our current healthcare system.
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If your healthcare plan does not include mental healthcare coverage or you do not have health insurance, it becomes even more difficult for you to access mental health care.
You can’t enjoy a fulfilling life if you suffer from mental health problems. This is why we’ve put together a list of budget-friendly ways you can access the help you need and take charge of your mental health.
· Join a local support group
Individual therapy can be very expensive especially if your local health plan doesn’t cover the cost. In such a situation, group therapy is the next best option to consider.
Whether you’re coping with grief, suffering from depression, or dealing with alcohol and substance abuse, attending a local support group can help you learn important skills that’ll help you manage your mental health.
The added perk of this option is the feeling of acceptance that comes from being in a group with other like-minded individuals sharing similar problems.
· Try online therapy
Even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many online options for those who require support and therapy for mental health problems.
Now that the virus has introduced an era of minimal contact, our growing reliance on the internet and the tools it offers provides an affordable solution for therapy needs.
There are many apps and online platforms that offer teletherapy services to interested individuals at very affordable rates.
· Join a training clinic
Training clinics are a way for therapists in training to accumulate practice hours that count towards their certification. They usually offer sessions at a subsidized fee and these sessions are supervised by a licensed psychologist.
The good thing about this option is that based on your specific needs and the therapist’s area of specialty, you get to enjoy treatment solutions that range from integrative and biological psychiatry to medication.
· Speak to your family and friends
A big part of suffering from a mental health problem is the feelings of loneliness that you have to struggle with. Most times, we shut ourselves in and hide from the rest of the world just to avoid speaking out about our problems.
The negative effects of solitude are compounded when you suffer from a mental health issue and so isolation is never a good solution.
Make an effort to talk to your family members and friends as often as you can. Involve them in your lives and have at least one person you can speak to without fear of judgment.
This will make you feel loved and appreciated, helping you keep depressive episodes at bay.
There are many advancements in treatments for mental health issues and one of these is biological psychiatry.
Having a doctor or therapist who can attend to your mental health needs is necessary but if you can’t afford such care, the options on this list should also be helpful