Accessing Affordable Mental Health Treatment for Families After a Crisis

September 30, 2013

2013_09_25_FBAM_GuardianMental health treatment is for everyone, and you never know when you might need it. A mental health disorder is not always obvious or easy to identify, and it can sometimes come on without warning. This is particularly true after a crisis. Situations like national disasters, violence, death, or even accidents can have long-term effects on people, even if they were not directly involved. Each family member may be affected in different ways, all of which can benefit from treatment.

Mental Health Treatment After a Crisis

When To Seek Help

If you suspect that you or a loved one is showing the symptoms of a mental health disorder, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, after a crisis, don’t delay in seeking help. There is a tendency to wait for the feelings to fade, or to ignore them. Mental health disorders should not be ignored, because treatment is more successful with early intervention. There is no shame in seeking help, whether it’s for children or adults.

What To Do

Talk to your doctor if your family is struggling after a crisis. He or she may be able to direct you to a mental health treatment center where you can receive specialized attention. Explore community resources. In many cases, if a crisis affects the community at large, mental health treatment and resources are provided as a public service at low- or no-cost to you. Do whatever makes you feel the most comfortable, whether that is talking to a school counselor or a therapist, as long as you take action.

Finding Affordable Options

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, mental health treatment is becoming more accessible than ever before. Insurance providers are now being asked to cover mental health in the same way that they cover physical health. Finding a treatment center that accepts your insurance plan is a good way to cut down on costs. In addition, talk to your chosen mental health facility about creating an affordable payment plan for you. Non-profit organizations like Guardian specialize in providing affordable treatment for individuals and families. It never hurts to pick up the phone and ask questions about how you can fit mental health treatment into your budget.

Long-Term Prognosis

Fortunately, mental health disorders are often manageable. Support from others is important, as is acknowledging how you’re feeling. Attempting to suppress your emotions can be counterproductive and detrimental to your future. Ongoing mental health treatment can help you get through the aftermath of a crisis. Trauma has a serious impact on all of us, and it can affect the way we view the world. You don’t have to live with these feelings forever; recovery is possible.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness and is facing financial obstacles to services, please call us at 1-800-338-5770. At Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation we provide access to low-cost or no-cost mental health services through a variety of community mental health centers and professionals.  We also offer educational workshops for families and professionals.