7 Things To Do If You Cannot Afford A Therapy

Mental health is not a necessity, yet many people cannot afford it. Here are some things to do if you cannot afford therapy.

Mental health-related issues are fairly common these days. Not that they were non-existent before, but people are more aware of their mental state and are developing more sensitivity around that topic. Mental Health issues are no more as stigmatic as they were a few years ago and people are more open to therapy. They now know about support groups, counsellors and various types of therapy like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). But in spite of these developments, not many people go for therapy. The reason behind it is not the stigma around mental health, but the price that one might have to pay for it. We will all agree that therapy is not cheap, and that might be a reason why there are so many people who are skeptical about it. While we cannot do much about it, we believe that mental health should be a fundamental right and not a luxury. So, we are bringing to you some tips that might help you out if you cannot afford therapy -

1. Look for cheaper options

A one-to-one therapy session might cost you a larger amount than a group therapy session. Because nothing you do will be as effective as a session with a mental health professional, we suggest you look for cheaper options that will give you the same results. Many universities conduct group therapy sessions to train their students in the field of mental health. These sessions are fairly priced (and are even free, at times) and are held in the presence of experienced therapists/professors who keep an eye out on their students. These spaces are safe and are as good as individual sessions.

2. Check your medical insurance coverage

Many people are not aware of the services offered by their medical insurance companies. Some companies cover therapy bills but many people lose on this opportunity because they do not know about the details of their insurance. You can check out the facilities provided by your insurance companies to ensure if your therapy bill will be covered or not. You can also confirm these services in advance if you do not have insurance yet and are planning to go for it.

If your insurance does not cover the cost of therapy and if you are unable to get into some group therapy sessions, you can join support groups for some help with your mental health. These groups can be either local or a part of some religious congregation. There will be people around you ready to lend you an ear, understand your issues, and help you with them. Often, such groups are led by professionals who volunteer to help people. You can find such groups and get yourself enrolled in them. If there is no such group in your locality, you can look up for online support groups where you can chat with people, share your problems, and feel better.

4. Reach out

Many workspaces have employee health benefits which might include therapy sessions. You can talk to your human resource department and let them know of your problems. Many offices have contracts with mental health providing companies which provide their services either for free or at a nominal rate.

Similarly, many schools and universities have an on-campus counsellor. You can contact them or the student union for help.

5. Let your loved ones know

There are some people in your life that will always be there for you. It is only fair that you let them know about your issues and do not keep them in the dark. They will be there to listen and understand you and will be mindful of the way you are being treated. Once they know about your mental health, they will respect your boundaries and will make things easier for you.

Do not deny your feelings and acknowledge them. Many times this is what you need to do — accept your situation. Only when you will accept it, will you be able to find a way to come out of it.

If you think that you cannot afford therapy but need it, maybe your family and friends can help you with it.

This might sound a bit too much if you are already distressed, but it is best to know what actually is happening to you and how you can help yourself. There is a huge database on the internet that might help you understand your feelings, your changing behaviour, and will give you simple and safe solutions on keeping safe until you seek help. We are not recommending you to treat your issue using the methods that you find on the internet; we want you to read about your concerns and have some basic knowledge about them. Always remember that you are not alone in this — there are people like you who are fighting it; people who have fought and won.

7. Change your lifestyle

Your lifestyle plays an important role in your health. A healthy diet, exercise, staying hydrated and sleeping well can do wonders for your body and mind. Make a note of things that you think are triggering your mental peace and stay away from them. Believe in yourself and do what makes you happy and brings you at peace. If dancing helps you, dance; if it gives you a headache, then don’t. Things work differently for different people. Listen to your mind, body, and heart, and do things that make you happy.

We hope that these things help you with your mental health concerns, but we also suggest going for therapy if you think you need it. It might be expensive, but it has no substitute. Your mental well-being is the most important thing in the world. Do not hesitate; we are there for you. If you want to talk to someone about it, then we are listening.

Oh, we forgot to mention flowers and dogs. Don’t they make everyone happy? If you are going through a rough day, then try watching these movies about dogs that will bring a smile to your face!

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