We repeatedly hear that therapy is good for us, but it can feel so out of reach for some of us. Basic healthcare isn’t the cheapest thing, and even with insurance, we’re not guaranteed mental health care coverage. The healthcare system in the United States is a joke that I could rag on for dozens of pages, but that will only raise my blood pressure. So instead of pointing out our system’s negatives, I’m going to give you some therapy and mental health resources that might help you out.
Rise Above the Disorder
Rise Above the Disorder is a nonprofit organization that helps people gain access to mental health care. They are one of the largest community-funded mental health efforts in the world. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that it all started because of a gamer. You can read more about their story on their about us page, but they are a great organization championing a great cause.
But what is so incredible about RAD? As I stated earlier, they are the largest community-funded mental health efforts. Moreover, those funds they raise help cover the cost of mental health care for those who might not afford it otherwise.
But their help doesn’t end there. One of the hardest things outside of paying for mental health care is finding a therapist. People with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or whatever it may be, can have a difficult time doing simple everyday things, so finding a therapist means jumping through hoops of red tape drives me crazy. RAD takes on the responsibility of taking on all of that grunt work. They get you connected to a professional without any fuss. So big shoutout to Rise Above the Disorder for doing some awesome stuff!
There are many other organizations and websites like RAD that help you get connected to a mental health care professional. I just wanted to give RAD a shoutout since I like them as an organization. Here is a list of other organizations that can help you gain access and get connected to a mental health professional.
Find the best website that works for you to find the best therapist that fits your needs best. You might meet with a therapist and realize the fit isn’t right, and that is okay. That therapist won’t take it personally if you want to go and find someone else because therapists want to help.
Mental Health Apps
We live in an age where there is an app for everything. An app lets you track and mark all of the places you use the bathroom. Like I said, an app for everything. It’s no surprise that there are mental health apps that can help you track and manage your mental health. And while these apps might not be the same as seeing a therapist, anything can help. So whether you want to track your mood, have a journaling reminder sent to you, or need some daily affirmations, scrolling through the app store can help you in small ways you never knew were there.
(Plus, who doesn’t love a free, well-designed app that helps you maintain your mental health.)
It would help if you read some blogs. You won’t feel so alone. It’s comforting to hear that you aren’t the only one struggling with something and that others have overcome or managed it. But be careful with what websites you pick. Psychology Today has a great blog section that breaks down almost everything you might want to read. Knowledge is power, and nothing is limiting your access to the knowledge you need. While the internet can often be a vile place or our biggest distraction, it is also our greatest resource, especially when it comes to mental health. So do yourself a favor and check out some blogs that relate to you.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes we need help, and that’s okay. It only makes us human. We can try our best to learn new mental health managing skills and tools on our own, but sometimes we need an actual professional to help us navigate whatever obstacles we need to overcome.
Seeking the help of a licensed psychologist can turn your self-journey of healing and growth into something much more doable than it was. Seeking mental health can be expensive, but is usually covered by health insurance, and if you don’t have insurance, there are mental health clinics that use sliding scales. Also see Rise Above the Disorder since they may help cover the cost of therapy sessions. Seek help when you need it. You are not alone.
Mental Health is Important
The stigma of mental health is a hot topic. Ten years ago, people wouldn’t openly admit that they were in therapy, but now it seems like more people are open about it or open to therapy. But mental health care, like every other facet of health care, still has red tape and obstacles blocking the way. So hopefully, I helped show you some therapy and mental health resources you didn’t know about before reading this article. Because when it comes to mental health, all we can do is give ourselves the best tools possible to work on ourselves and manage our mental health as best as possible.