An End The Stigma campaign has brought mental health and emotional wellness into our casual conversations, workplaces, social media platforms, healthcare systems, and news stories. We are seeing so many celebrities, athletes, politicians, and influencers speaking out on the prevalence of mental health and trauma across the globe. They are sharing their own stories, championing non-profits, and spreading awareness.
In an op-ed published in the Huffington Post, Michelle Obama wrote:
“We should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness - it’s a sign of strength - and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need.”
Prince Harry, in defying British royal tradition, has openly discussed his struggle with grief after the traumatic death of his mother, Princess Diana:
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he admitted. “I thought that thinking of her was only going to make me sad and not going to bring her back. So from an emotional side, I was, like, ‘Right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything.’”
Entertainer Selena Gomez has publicly struggled with her mental and physical health. In a recent interview she said:
“Vulnerability - and I’ve said this before - is a strength. As I grew up in this chaotic space, I did have to learn how to be tough, and to be strong, but I’m not this hard person. And I have every right to be.”
As so many influencers and public figures are speaking out, we are seeing a huge influx of people taking inventory of their own well-being. People are recognizing the pieces of their lifestyle that aren’t working, renegotiating past experiences and relationships, and looking forward on their healing journey.
In a perfect world, everybody would have access to the practices that promote mental wellness, trauma recovery, and emotional healing; all barriers to service for all persons would be eliminated. Insurance companies would reimburse fair rates, integrative practices would be covered by managed care organizations, practitioners would be culturally competent, technology would be used to reach rural communities, and accrediting bodies would promote ease of licensure portability. And this is just scratching the surface.
The most common remarks that we hear when it comes to accessing mental health services, healing practices, and trauma recovery support are:
“How can I work on my mental health if I can’t afford to go to therapy?”
“A membership at a yoga studio is too expensive. I don’t have that kind of money.”
“My insurance doesn’t reimburse for the treatment that works for me.”
“I can’t find a practitioner in my area.”
A harsh reality is that two of the biggest barriers in people moving forward in their healing journeys are cost and access.
In an effort to change this reality and promote healing, there are so many organizations, individuals, and collectives that are coming together to make healing accessible and affordable for everyone. If you are ready to begin your healing journey but feeling blocked by the barriers mentioned above, we hope that the resources below can bring some direction and guidance.
1. Low Cost Psychotherapy Options
2. Insurance Benefits for Psychotherapy
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Can you give me a list of providers in my area who are accepting new clients?
3. Pro Bono Therapy + Therapists Who Offer Sliding Scales
4. Community Mental Health CentersA lot of community mental health centers offer grant-based programs that may offer support by way of psychotherapy and medication management. A lot of these centers will also offer programs for substance abuse at low to no cost.
5. Telehealth/Online Therapy Offerings
6. Self-Healing Communities
7. Books that Support Self-Healing: Head to your local library or download an app, like Libby, that links your library card to a wide selection of free e-books. Some of our favorite authors are Peter Levine, Brene Brown, Anodea Judith, Sheryl Paul, Dan Siegel, and Arielle Schwartz. Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post on our recommended books for your healing journey.
Movement and Meditation Resources
8. Community Yoga
Small World Yoga
9. Online Yoga Offerings
10. Online Meditation Offerings
11. Community Acupuncture: Search “Community Acupuncture Near Me” to see if any of your local practitioners are offering community-style acupuncture. Community acupuncture is practiced in a group, rather than in a one-on-one setting. Community-style clinics run on a sliding scale in order to make them more affordable, and so that people can get the amount of treatment they need in a shorter period of time. The idea is to make acupuncture as accessible as possible for the most amount of people.
12. Virtual Community Circles
We know that healing looks different for everyone which is why we have included an array of healing practices in this post. Maybe therapy isn’t for you and you are looking for an alternative to therapy. Maybe your yoga practice is established and you're seeking for a community to support your spiritual growth. Whatever you are searching for, we hope that the information provided above can serve as a guide in facilitating your journey on a budget. Wellness and wholeness don’t have to be expensive - we just have to know what we’re looking for.