It is a sad fact that treatment for mental healthcare is often cost prohibitive. Those who are suffering should be able to find free anxiety help and relief.
In my opinion, resources and support for mental illness should be accessible for all. If our citizens are not healthy, then our society is not healthy. Everybody suffers!
I have compiled a list of affordable or free resources to help with your anxiety and/or mental health issues.
Free or Affordable Counseling Services
www.7cups.com – 7cups offers free, anonymous and confidential online chats with trained listeners and monthly subscriptions to talk to therapists and counselors.
You can choose your own listener based on life experience or affiliation to find the right personal fit for you.
To work specifically with a therapist the cost is $150 per month. You can sign up for a free, 3 day trial to see if their services are right for you.
www.betterhelp.com – BetterHelp allows you to talk to a licensed, accredited therapist in a private, online environment. You can pay a flat fee for unlimited access to your counselor.
First you fill out a questionnaire and then you are matched with a BetterHelp professional. If you are not happy with your therapist you can switch to another.
BetterHelp services cost between $35-$75 per week and you can cancel at any time.
Information About Anxiety or Depression Medication
FDA – Depression: Medicines To Help You – Although this page is speaking directly to women, it lists great information about the available medications for depression & anxiety.
Their information includes a list of side-effects and a comprehensive list of brand names versus generic names.
ADAA: Medication – The Anxiety & Depression Association of America also lists great information on the medications available to treat anxiety & depression.
They also include information about patient-assistance programs for prescription drugs.
Create Your Own Anxiety Plan
www.anxietybc.com – Anxiety British Columbia has a fantastic website that allows you to create a self help plan to deal with your anxiety.
AnxietyBC helps you craft step-by-step instructions to cope with your anxiety symptoms. They also provide strategies for general health & well-being.
The information and resources found at AnxietyBC are 100% free.
www.learntolive.com – Learn to Live offers an online program which uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you learn how to manage your anxiety.
First they help you identify your thoughts and behavioral patterns that are making your anxious or depressed. Next, they give you information on how your mind works, so you can recognize unhealthy patterns and triggers when they appear.
Finally, they give you tools and lessons that will help you deal with your problems. They will help you set goals and track your progress as your work through your mental health needs.
LearnToLive costs $149 for a 3 month membership.
Anxiety & Mental Health Associations and Organizations
Anxiety & Depression Association of America – The ADAA is a non-profit association and and a leader in education, training, and research into anxiety, depression, and related mental health disorders.
Their website contains a great deal of information and resources that would be helpful for both those who suffer from a mental health disorder or a support person of someone who is suffering.
Anxiety Headquarters – Anxiety Headquarters has a comprehensive list of resources related to anxiety and panic disorders.
Their blog contains a lot of helpful and informative articles and they’ve also curated anxiety-related products that can be bought on Amazon.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.
Since 1979 they have been working to bring together government organizations, local affiliates, and volunteers to provide support and education regarding mental health.
Project UROK – Project UROK is a mental health community designed for teens and young adults who are committed to ending the stigma of dealing with a mental illness.
They offer a safe space for young people to tell their stories and to find the help and support they need to take care of their mental health.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.
Please call 1-800-273-8255 if you are having suicidal thoughts.
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