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      National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016   05/01/2016

      Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve. In the last 7 years, our country has made extraordinary progress in expanding mental health coverage for more people across America. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions, requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans. Nearly 15 million more Americans have gained Medicaid coverage since October 2013, significantly improving access to mental health care. And because of more than $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act, community health centers have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years. Still, far too few Americans experiencing mental illnesses do not receive the care and treatment they need. That is why my most recent Budget proposal includes a new half-billion dollar investment to improve access to mental health care, engage individuals with serious mental illness in care, and help ensure behavioral health care systems work for everyone. Our Nation has made strong advances in improving prevention, increasing early intervention, and expanding treatment of mental illnesses. Earlier this year, I established a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, which aims to ensure that coverage for mental health benefits is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care, improve understanding of the requirements of the law, and expand compliance with it. Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need. My Administration also continues to invest in science and research through the BRAIN initiative to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human brain and to make it easier to diagnose and treat mental health disorders early. One of our most profound obligations as a Nation is to support the men and women in uniform who return home and continue fighting battles against mental illness. Last year, I signed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which fills critical gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses, increases peer support and outreach, and recruits more talented individuals to work on mental health issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This law will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need when they need it. All Americans, including service members, can get immediate assistance by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.  
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Can't Afford Therapy

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I really feel like I should be going to therapy, but I can't afford it. I recently graduated and am still looking for work, and therefore lack health insurance and a source of income. Any suggestions for what I could do?

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Some churches offer support groups for free, you could call your local churches and see if they offer anything.

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HI ADU,

Being from Ga. myself, I believe you'll be able to get some help thru DFACS. Have you put in for unemployment since graduating? You may be able to draw something while you are job hunting?

My son was in the Athens area after graduating at GA, where he took a job at a Hardware store, just to wait until something better came along. It was probably almost a year after graduating before he found what he was looking for. Until then he lived with his old roommate from GA while the other young man finished school.

If you are near Emory, they really have some excellent Doctors there. They take medicare and you should qualify once you go to DFACS, I would think.

In the meantime, I have been helped a lot by buying some used CBT and DBT workbooks from Amazon books pretty cheap. The CBT workbook by Burns is the one I have been thru several times to get the needed help. It is named 10 days to Self-Esteem, the title is missleading: I don't think it could be done in 10 days and He barely mentions self-esteem. There are many self-help workbooks out there.

My prayers are with YOU. Don't GIVE UP ---THERE IS HELP

GOD BLESS

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I really feel like I should be going to therapy, but I can't afford it. I recently graduated and am still looking for work, and therefore lack health insurance and a source of income. Any suggestions for what I could do?

You're on the right track. Keep looking for work. Once you get a job, then you can save up money to see a therapist. Or you might have insurance at your new job.

In the meantime, you could use these forums as therapy. Keep talking! ^_^

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lonleysindy Posted Jul 9 2009, 10:30 PM

Some churches offer support groups for free, you could call your local churches and see if they offer anything.

yah i agree with you that some churches offers support group and these groups might help you... here in our place there is also social workers or counsellors who do psychotherapy at much affordable rate or sometimes even free...

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Hey - I am in the same boat; I desperately need counseling but we have a high deductible and financially it isn't an option for us. My advice would be:

Call around to various therapy offices. Some set the fee based on your income.

If you have a church that you like to attend, many pastors offer free pastoral counsel. It isn't the same as CBT, of course, but it's better than nothing.

If you have a friend that is educated in or works in the psych/social work field, see if they would be willing to talk with you on a bi-weekly basis or so. They can be a sounding board for you and perhaps offer some advice similar to what therapy offers.

Blessings to you!

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My dilemma as well. Therapy costs way too much and I have so much to get off my chest.

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That's a terrible dilemma you have. Do your best to get a job and get insured and then start seeing someone, that's all I can think. It's bad when you can't afford what you feel you need. Good luck!

I really feel like I should be going to therapy, but I can't afford it. I recently graduated and am still looking for work, and therefore lack health insurance and a source of income. Any suggestions for what I could do?

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I really feel like I should be going to therapy, but I can't afford it. I recently graduated and am still looking for work, and therefore lack health insurance and a source of income. Any suggestions for what I could do?

Find out what the local organizations are for therapists in your area and call the organization. Many therapists "donate" time to folks who can't afford therapy and the organization is the clearing house.

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