There’s no shame in needing a doctor when you’re physically sick, but sometimes people think that mental illness should be hidden. No one likes to admit they’re struggling with an addiction, grief, or depression, but trust me, friends, family, and co-workers most likely know you’re struggling – they just may not know how to help.
Mental health assistance can be very expensive, especially without insurance. With the ACA, more people have access to services, but it may not be immediately evident.
We recommend sharing this article with your team accompanied with a note explaining why. We’ve known many agents that suffer through drug addiction, unmedicated bipolar disorder, sex addiction, depression, and so forth. Open the door to a conversation. Everyone on the team deserves to be cared for, with or without insurance.
Free or inexpensive ways to get help:
If you or someone you know is in need of help or someone to listen to you, please do not be embarrassed. If you (or the person you’re concerned with) don’t have insurance or have limited resources, here are some places to get help.
- If you are in a crisis, dial 911 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a 24-hour crisis center.
- Check with your insurance company. You may not realize that you have mental health benefits, or understand how to find a provider that fits into your plan.
- Talk to your primary care doctor. Your doctor may know of local resources that are available to you.
- Most communities have local mental health centers that provide income-based services. Ask about discounts or reduced rates.
- Dial 2-1-1 in Texas (and most states) for referrals to agencies that are in your community.
- Go to your religious organization. Spiritual leaders are often willing to listen and help you get back on track. They may be able to direct you to resources within their community and network.
- Search for your particular issue. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (adaa.org) has a full list of resources and help for dealing with every day and chronic stress and worry. If you get too many hits, try using the phrase, “national foundation” then the issue, for example, “national foundation OCD.”
- Go to the library and seek out a book. Self-help books on grief or depression can help you navigate your own feelings and find a way out.
- Go to the App Store. Type in what you need help with. You might be surprised at what comes up. Happify is a good app that helps you work on being positive. 7 Cups of Tea offers trained listeners to get you through anxiety.
- Talk to a friend, a trusted mentor, or family member. Reach out for help.
- Exercise. Get out of your rut.
The bottom line is that whether you’re struggling or trying to help someone else who is, neither of you are alone. It may take more than one try, but we urge everyone to bookmark this page for reference, should it be needed now or int he future.
This story was first featured here on September 2, 2015.