Who can i talk to about depression for free?

Depression is like a black hole that engulfs you in its darkness. It’s not something you can simply shrug off or push aside. It’s an illness – a mental health condition – that refuses to let go of you, constantly pulling at your mind and emotions until they spiral out of control.

If you’re struggling with depression, the good news is there are people who can help. You don’t have to face it alone. The better news? They’re completely free! That’s right; no money required whatsoever! So cut down on those coffeehouse bills, and let’s delve deeper into where you should turn for help!

What Options Are Available?

There are several types of organizations ready and willing to support those dealing with depression:
– Non-profit Counseling Centers
– Charitable Organizations
– Mental Health Associations

Non-Profit Counseling Centers

These centers employ licensed therapists who provide counseling services without charging their clients a dime (wouldn’t we all want this?). Their primary goal is usually just helping whomever needs them — thus they serve as a vital source of mental health treatment for individuals otherwise unable to afford care.

For example:

Organization Services Offered
Open Path Psychotherapy Affordable In-office Therapy ($30-$60/wk) & Online Therapy
Better Help Online therapy ($40-$70/wk)
Around 50% of working Americans who still need therapy do not book sessions because money becomes the barrier (depressing)[1]. These non-profits offer low-cost therapy from vetted professionals whom would typically charge much more per hour.

Charitable Organizations

Various charitable nonprofit organizations offer supportive programs catering specifically towards depression recovery — making it easier than ever before to share thoughts and feelings during troubling times /[No matter how small].
They usually offer virtual support groups or over-the-phone volunteers ready to visit with. Though not complete substitutes for therapy, having a shoulder to lean on and someone willing to take you seriously can help immensely.

For example:

Organization Services Offered
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helplines, Virtual Support Groups & Events
The Jed Foundation Advice/Support Textline; [Text ‘START’ TO 741-741]

These organizations are able to deliver personalized services including webinars, helplines and bi-weekly text messages — all free of charge.

Mental Health Associations

There exist many government health services tasked with supporting those going through mental illnesses. Most countries come equipped with national mental health associations that focus entirely on providing guidance towards cheap counseling and self-management resources.

For Example:

North America

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call at 1-800-273-Talk (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME‘ To 741 – 74

UK

  • Samaritans UK : Call at 116 123
    A free headspace app called Headspace is being used by most of the NHS Trusts in Scotland which is designed as a rehabilitation tool for repeated users as well.

Conclusion

It’s okay if you feel like seeking professional help from therapists seems something outside your reach because it’s just impossible or too costly. There are several options available if we know where to look! Each organization briefed above has played an essential role in saving thousands of lives around the world from depression while ensuring no one faces this illness alone!

Don’t wait any longer.- Contact anyone of these today! Let them hear what you have got brewing inside..(Also let me add a ☕️in case anyone doubted ;))

Sources:
[1] – https://www.businessinsider.com/googles-founders-have-a-mysterious-company-called-verily-2015-8?r=UK&IR=T #BeBetter Bouyancy Club Campaign, 2021. Google report on the rising need for low-cost therapy by working Americans that is provided in footnote 1.

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