How to Seek Help for your Mental Health
Life can get stressful and overwhelming at times, and often, the bravest thing you can do is to seek help. Here are your options…
If you are in school (middle, high, or higher education) there is probably a department for mental health resources. This can come in the form of a guidance counselor, (typically in middle and high school), a health center in college, or an HR department in the workplace. Or, if you happen to fall into none of those categories, you still have options. (read what’s applicable to you!)
Reaching out to your guidance counselor. This can be as simple as a …
Mr./Ms. (Name), I hope this email finds you well. I have been struggling lately and would like to come in and talk to you about it. How can we arrange this? Thanks!
Additionally, you can just walk into the office to arrange an appointment. They will probably be able to help you, or refer you to others who can.
Student health department at college. Most colleges have a health and wellness department that offers mental health resources to students, whether it be a certain amount of free sessions per semester, or outsourcing to a therapist off campus.
Here’s the important thing to keep in mind- it is essential that you continuously advocate for yourself. Email a representative for help getting an appointment set up- if you don’t hear back, email again, and CC the director of the department. Unfortunately, a lot of these matters need a lot of diligence on your behalf, but it does work out.
Human Resources at your Workplace. The HR department is equipped with a lot of resources to help employees be their best self everyday, and they also have to keep your information confidential. Therefore, using them to navigate the mental health system makes a lot of sense.
Luckily, as the years go by, schools and workplaces have begun to take mental health more seriously, so their approaches have improved. But what if you don’t fall into these categories, or haven’t had any luck with these pipelines?
Use Psychology Today- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us. It is simple to use, enter your zip code, your insurance provider, and what specific needs you have, and it’ll filter with providers in your area. This is my tip: call a bunch at once, and even after hours so that you get sent to voicemail and can leave a message (if you let them know that they can text you back at a certain number, a lot will opt for that which will also end up being significantly more efficient). I recommend this because typically some of the therapists will not have any availability, so it’s easier to reach out to all at once, instead of having to sporadically.
What if you don’t have health insurance?
Look into sliding scale options. Some therapists will take clients and charge them on a sliding scale, meaning that how much you pay is based on your income.
Find a federally funded health center. These health centers are (hence the name), funded by the government, and, similarly to sliding scale, the amount you pay is based on your income. To find one, use this link: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
What if I need help right now?
If you are in fear that you will hurt yourself or someone else, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1–800–273–8255.
Help is there.