- Call your insurance company and inquire if they cover mental health, if they outsource or do not cover.
- Many insurance companies outsource to a managed mental health group. These groups frequently have phone counseling that can be contacted same-day. Explain the severity of what you are feeling – this is a safe space, they are listing to place you with the correct professional.
- If you do not have insurance, contact NAMI. NAMI can direct you to organizations that work on a sliding scale – pro-bono as well. Often you will work the same local doctors and councils that you would receive with insurance. If your area does not have NAMI, contact the national organization. Many NAMI groups in small towns are ran out of private residences.
- Don’t get Lockleared LOL https://www.newsweek.com/history-heather-locklears-mental-health-actor-rumored-psychiatric-hold-1224456 Seriously though – If you are going to talk about hurting some one or yourself use “I feel like phrases”, “I feel like punching them in the ****” unless you mean it.
- I recommend both, however NAMI is a better resource than 211.
- Most national counseling hotlines are iffy. If you feel like you are not heard, you are likey not. Cut your losses and move on. NAMI’s national hotline is good, call and ask for local “warm line” numbers, contact your insurance company and ask for managed mental health couciling number.
- Peer conversations. San Diego and Santa Barbara county have extended mental health resources as well, in San Diego call the warm line at 800-930-9276. Do not have a mental health experience in Ventura county if you can help it LOL (see, don’t get “Lockleared” above). The Ventura NAMI number is 805-500-6264.
- Chill out friends and family, good medicine. If your loved ones explain away your experiences, they likely care about you but do not believe things that are invisible; this is common – move on, be grateful it’s not flat earth theory.
Create a routine, I recommend talking councilor once a week for six weeks initially. Same day, same time.
After seeing a professional, contact NAMI for peer resources. Get a plan together with your doctor and councilor, talk to peeps that can witness your experience; These weekly addtions will soon disappear into your regular routine.
The NAMI national is hotline 800-950-NAMI or text NAMI to 741741