Is it possible to get mental health help for free?
The short answer to this question is: yes. There are many hotlines that you can call in a crisis situation that you may have heard of, such as the following:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Safe Horizon (for domestic violence) (800) 621-4673
and Teenline (for teenagers in need of counseling). 1800-TLC-TEEN
All of these hotlines are free to call. Teenline is for adolescents exclusively.
In addition to these methods to get help, there are also other free ways to get help. There are many companies out there that offer online counseling for free. It's important to be aware that you may not have to pay to help yourself. Money can be a deterrent from people trying to get help.
There are also other factors when it comes to you wanting to help yourself get better; one of them is hope. The absence of hope is helplessness. Even in the darkest of times we can look within and remind ourselves that there is hope to get better.
It can be extremely difficult to practice this and it takes time. I'm still working on it myself. There are many times that we look to other people to remind ourselves to be hopeful. I think this is good but there is a balance. You may think that you have to call a friend to talk you down from being anxious when in reality you have the strength to work on it within you.
I am not suggesting that you stop reaching out to people when you feel down. I am simply saying that you may be stronger than you think you are. Being hopeful takes patience like most things in life.
One way you can try to remain hopeful is to remember a time when you didn't think that you could make it through but you did it anyway. For example, you didn't feel like going for a run, but you pushed yourself and you did it. That is a small symbol of hope. With that in mind, it is possible to get help for your mental health. Most important thing is for you to take an action and look for a resource where you can get the help that you need. It begins with your want to help yourself. If you are at the point where you want help that is a wonderful place to be. Now use that desire to get the help that you need.
Break things down into small steps. Go online and research free online resources for mental health. You're actually reading an article on a website that has a wealth of information about where to get help. Psychology Today can provide you with some tremendous leads on where to find a mental health professional. Whatever you do, remember that you have the tools to take the actions to get better. Getting better is a process, so remind yourself of that if you get frustrated on that road. Keep going and keep hoping things will get better.