July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. I know what you’re probably thinking, “wait, wasn’t May Mental Health Awareness Month?” Why yes, it was. But July is focusing on MINORITY mental health. Today being the last day of the month I just HAD to post something that contributed to the conversation around Minority Mental Health.
It’s no secret that in this country minorities are at a disadvantage in many ways. This includes access to costly mental health resources such as therapy, specialists, treatment programs, medicines, etc.
Here’s a quick list to help combat that:
Free hotlines with access to area-specific resources
- 211 – In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reserved the 211 dialing code for community information and referral services. The FCC intended the 211 code as an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that would enable a critical connection between individuals and families in need and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. This includes information about mental health services in your area.
- Suicide Hotline – A free hotline to be connected with a live person in times of a suicide crisis
- Lifestyle-Specific Hotlines – There are specific hotlines for many different lifestyles such as LGTBQ, Veteran & Military, Women.. Etc.
- Text & Online Chats – For those who are not comfortable talking to another person face to face. There are anonymous chat and text services available.
Therapists with flexible pricing.
- Inquire about sliding-scale payments. This is a payment option that some therapists offer that goes based off of your income. They are sometimes hard to find, but with a search in your area and calls to their offices, this can be determined quickly.
Community support groups
- These exist in local libraries, community centers, churches, and schools.
- Some colleges offer free or reduced individual and group therapy sessions as a part of training and education for current students. These services are offered to students in the school and sometimes community members as well.
Inquiring about EAP
- Some companies have an Employee Assistance Program separate from insurance plans offered to their employees. Through my job, I am allotted three free therapy sessions a year with EAP. Inquire with HR.
Government-provided insurance help
- I am not sure of the specifics of this but Medicare/Medicaid recipients have access to therapists and programs.
Hope this list is helpful for someone who isn’t sure where to look. Have another resource to share? Feel free to leave a comment!