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Can’t Afford Mental Health Help? 5 Free or Low-Cost Resources

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five Americans experience mental health issues. Seventy-five percent of all mental health disorders occur before the age of 24 years. And suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. (3)

This means mental health symptoms and conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or schizophrenia are more common than you think!

These may be temporary — happening, for instance, during a stressful time in life — or they may may be indications of something much bigger and deeper.

Either way, there is help available. Seeking treatment from a qualified mental health therapist is the ideal route, however due to finances or lack of insurance coverage, people are often left to fight their battles on their own.

But take heart. Here are five resources that are totally free, or are available at a very low cost:

1) If you or someone you know is suicidal, don’t delay another second.

Please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online with a trained crisis counselor.

More information is available on their main website. Please do not feel embarrassed. Call the hotline or check out the website if you are having any suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

2) Active duty military or veteran?

There are several resources available such as the free Military OneSource, the VA Mental Health division and the National Center for PTSD.

3) Double-check your insurance coverage.

Get online or call your insurance company directly. Due to the Affordable Care Act, most companies are required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services.

1)  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (2016). Main Website. Retrieved on May 30, 2016.

2) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). Health Insurance and Mental Health Services. Retrieved on May 30, 2016.

3) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). Mental Health Myths and Facts. Retrieved on May 30, 2016.

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