Minding Your Mental

 
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What’s the big deal anyway?

For entirely too long, women’s mental health has been neglected due to lack of education and access. With new research emerging about intergenerational trauma, growing access to information about mental health issues, and more people vocalizing their psychological battles, it’s even more important that we normalize caring for our mental health. Just as we visit our primary care doctors, dentists, and optometrists, we should schedule an appointment with a mental healthcare professional. So, let’s Mind our Mental:


How to Find Mental Health Resources

If you have insurance, your insurance provider can provide you with a list of professionals who will accept them.

There are many things to consider when choosing someone to talk to, including their background (do they specialize in teens, marriage, family therapy, etc?), if you prefer a therapist that is aligned with your religious beliefs, or how important it is to speak to someone who may have a similar ethnic background.

 
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Affordable Options (‘Cause we ALSO need to mind our pockets)

One major obstacle for women seeking help is the financial aspect of therapy, medication, insurance, and traveling to their appointments. Check this out:

  • Colleges & Universities: If you are a student, check with your school to learn more about their counseling resources. If you are not a student, check with a local university or college to see if their Psychology program offers services.

  • Thanks, Crissy: After losing friends to suicide, writer Crissy Milazzo initiated a crowdsourced list of affordable therapy options by state, which you can access riiiiiiiight here

  • Online/Phone: Yup, that’s right. There are many people who are actively trying to make mental healthcare more accessible. You can find online therapist services, like Better Help or 7 Cups of Tea by a simple Google search.

  • Community Centers: You can use this link to search for local community mental health centers that often provide services ranging from consultations to substance abuse rehabilitation programs.

  • Group Therapy: We see these scenarios play out so much on television, but group therapy is often a cheaper option that even provides a sense of community and support that you may find refreshing. You can search for a group here

  • Organizations: There are many organizations that offer counseling services, and you can find some with a quick Google search.

  • EAP: If you have an employer that offers Employee Assistance Programs, you may be eligible for a fixed number of sessions with a mental healthcare professional.

  • Sliding Scale Therapy: There are also therapists that charge on a sliding scale based on income qualifications.

  • For immediate help: Text ‘HOME’ to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line, or call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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