Desperately Seeking Support: USA
Talking about our mental health might be getting easier, but accessing therapy? Not so much. Here’s where to find help…
Reality check: we live in a time in which demand for mental health resources outstrips supply. In the US, nearly one in five adults lives with a mental illness.
On the flip side though, it’s undeniable that conversations surrounding the topic of mental wellbeing have developed greatly in recent years, with more public visibility on how difficult it can be to navigate our mental healthcare system. People are simply more aware and less ashamed of the topic as a whole.
As amazing as that is, sometimes the best thing for us isn’t necessarily found in a Twitter discussion. Sometimes, you need pragmatic tools and resources to truly help yourself. We want to help further the conversation by sharing what practical resources are out there. Seeing as we’ve outlined the potential services in the UK that cater to those struggling with their mental health; it seems fitting to journey across the pond and do the same for the US. The land of the free may not have the NHS, but there are some dedicated and hardworking organisations that provide help for those who are struggling. This article will aim to help guide all manner of people towards the right services for them. We’ve got your back.
*Googles ‘therapy services near me’. Immediately gets overwhelmed and switches tab to Netflix*
After realising that you may need therapy, the next stage can feel heavy and confusing. But if we break it down into smaller steps, it starts to seem far more achievable: Find an organisation, call them up, follow their consultation steps, start therapy. To give you an extra head start, here are some therapy services in the US that seem wonderfully equipped to help an inclusive range of people.
Deciding to start therapy can be an expensive commitment. Not everyone has the disposable income to heavily invest in their mental wellbeing, but thankfully there are organisations that are here to help. The Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a non-profit that operates nationwide. So, whether you’re sweating it up in Florida or wrapping up warm in Alaska – they can link you up with a network of mental health professionals offering a steeply reduced rate. Admirably, they have professional therapists from a wide variety of specialisms.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is a wonderful online space for black women in the US who want to take the first step towards nurturing their mental health. There is still a bit of stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy for black women in particular, which can be a hindrance to their wellbeing journey. This platform not only makes it accessible and relevant, but will help you source an appropriate therapist near you.
LGBTQIA+ therapy services
Organisations such as Gaylesta have been brilliantly providing much needed assistance to LGBTQIA+ people since 1997. So, if you identify within this group, it has a fantastic directory of 300 mental health professionals that can cater to your specific needs.
Need more expert guidance to get to the right service for you? That’s totally cool! A perfect place to go for more information is the NAMI HelpLine. Free and accessible nationwide, not only does it help source correct and helpful information, the team will also help you with resource referrals and support.
In need of reaching out urgently? Please do not hesitate to contact any of the helplines below. And remember, you are never alone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. Your call is confidential and free.
Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673). Free help, 24/7.