If you’ve been struggling with increased anxiety, stress, sadness, or any other personal issues lately as a result of the coronavirus – you’re not alone. The pandemic is taking an enormous toll on the mental health of millions of Americans. Whether you’re stuck at home in an unhealthy environment, a medical worker that has seen too much, or you just don’t have anyone to talk to – know that you deserve to feel happy and calm and that resources to help you cope are available.
Mental health is already complicated as it is. Having to find the right resource can be overwhelming. The first thing that you should do is to get in touch with your insurance provider about options for mental health resources available to you. If you don’t have insurance, see if you can qualify for a Medicaid plan in your state. After you know your insurance status, you can choose to get help through your insurance or look into these nationwide resources.
- Dial 211 to find out about mental health services and resources in your state, according to your specific situation. They can connect you with counseling services for your income level and find other mental health resources for you free of charge. They also assist with a variety of different crisis relief needs like housing, financial assistance, and food relief.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – is a one stop shop for mental health resources. Most states have a local NAMI so make sure to find the organization closest to you. On their website, you can search through services and resources according to your state, scroll through the latest mental health information, and get in contact with a counseling helpline at 800-950-NAMI. You can also read up on their latest Covid-19 information here.
- 7cups – offers 24/7 online group peer-drive support groups for people in need of free emotional support. The support groups are free of charge, but you will need to pay if you want to talk one on one with a specialist.
- Talkspace – is one of the most popular online mental health platforms. It allows you to message and video-chat with a licensed mental health professional online. Unfortunately, the service isn’t free but there are a variety of payment options. They range from $65 to $99 per week.
- Betterhelp – functions on the same premises as Talkspace. It allows you to chat with a licensed therapist over messaging, phone, or video sessions for a subscription. It’s slightly more affordable than Talkspace and even offers financial assistance if you need it. Membership fees range from $35 to $80 per week depening on the subscription length.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline – is available if you need to talk to someone immediately. Call 1-800-784-2433 if you’re in distress or in need of crisis resources. It’s free, available 24/7, and completely confidential.
Know That Help Is Available
Mental health is something millions of Americans struggle with daily. Know that it’s okay if you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to ask for help. Help is available and it’s amazing what one chat with a counselor or volunteer can do to help you cope. Take advantage of the resources available to you and you will be surprised at how much things can improve.