How to Help Someone Struggling with Drug Addiction and Depression

A man sitting at a table needing help with drug addiction and depression.

Substance abuse and mental health go hand in hand. 

 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), half of all people with a mental health disorder are likely to develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives or vice versa. 

 

When addiction and depression occur at the same time, the condition is known as a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. Of the mental disorders frequently paired with substance abuse, depression is one of the most common.

 

In order to tackle both conditions, a specialized treatment plan is required. 

 

The first step of this plan is admitting something is wrong. This can be difficult, especially if it’s a loved one who is depressed and addicted to drugs or alcohol.

 

To support their recovery—and potentially save their life—we have to start the conversation.

 

To help you get started, we’ll go over warning signs to look out for, how to get help, and other ways you can provide support during this difficult journey. 

Drug Addiction and Depression: The Symptoms and Signs to Know

There are many reasons why a person may suffer from addiction and depression at the same time.

 

Addiction is a mental illness of its own capable of creating other mental health issues like depression.

 

Likewise, someone who is already depressed may self-medicate to feel better, but the use of depressants (like alcohol) and/or other stimulants only makes things worse.

 

Regardless of which disorder came first, recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression and addiction can help you and your loved ones come to terms with the gravity of the issue. 

 

Some signs to look out for include:

  • Family history of substance abuse and addiction
  • History of physical abuse, neglect, or other trauma
  • Appearing anxious, paranoid, and shaky 
  • Change in appearance and personal hygiene
  • Slurred or fastened speech
  • Bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
  • Strange changes in sleeping patterns
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Problems concentrating at work, school, or in daily activities
  • Lack of energy and/or physical pain such as headaches or back pain
  • Prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and daily activities
  • Frequent thoughts of worthlessness, death, and suicide

How to Help 

When a close friend or family member is suffering, it’s easy to feel guilty or somehow at fault for their problems, but in truth, depression and addiction are complex health conditions. 

 

The why or how doesn’t matter as much as the fact that they’re sick and need professional help. 

 

With the assistance of a therapist or counselor and a dedicated treatment program, your loved one can begin to heal.

 

Ultimately, their health is in their hands. But as someone who cares, there is a lot you can do without enabling them or endangering yourself.

 

Here are a few ways you can help:

 

Start the dialogue carefully and listen intently

The first step is starting a conversation. This can be difficult, as people suffering from addiction and depression tend to be avoidant or in denial. 

Begin by approaching them gently. As you listen, keep an open mind and try not to interrupt them. Allow them to speak fully before asking questions and accept that neither of you will have all the answers right away.

 

Set boundaries

When supporting someone who is depressed and addicted to drugs or alcohol, it’s easy to fall into codependent patterns and enable certain behaviors to the detriment of your own well-being

By setting boundaries, you are not only practicing self-respect but self-care. It’s also one of the best ways to encourage an addict to seek help and become independent. 

 

You can set boundaries by:

  • Scaling back financial support that has made them overly reliant on you
  • Not allowing drug use, paraphernalia, or alcohol in your home
  • Not covering up for them or lying to get them out of trouble

Help them come up with a plan

If welcomed, bring up treatment options. Browse addiction treatment centers together or recommend an outpatient program you think they might like.

If they’re not interested in rehab, suggest other forms of help like online therapy or peer support. Encourage them to speak with health professionals to learn more about dual diagnosis treatment.

 

Have resources readily available. 

Those with substance abuse problems and depression often aren’t thinking right.

For example, they may choose to detox without medical help, the side effects of which are dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

They may even suddenly become violent or suicidal while inebriated or in a depressive episode. To ensure their safety and your own, be prepared to act fast and call 911 if needed. 

You and your loved one may also reach out to helplines for emotional support and advice, such as:

For additional support, you can also reach out to other crisis resources listed here.

 

Get them the right professional help. 

Seeking professional help can often be the turning point during the recovery process. 

Health professionals like therapists and counselors can help develop relapse prevention plans, teach them how to cope with withdrawal symptoms, and provide support in ways you might not be able to. You may also recommend an online therapy platform like Emote for convenient, affordable access to therapy over text and video.  

Your loved one may also seek substance abuse treatment at an inpatient clinic or sign up for peer support groups like AA meetings to combat alcohol abuse. 

 

Tips and Best Practices When Offering Support 

Confronting mental health issues is difficult for both the addict and the people they love. That said, recovery is possible as long as everyone involved agrees to work hard and does their best to listen to each other. 

 

It’s also important to keep in mind that addiction and depression are serious medical conditions. As a support person, you are not a medical professional and can only provide emotional support.

 

This way, you will not enable destructive behaviors or endanger your well-being.

 

When supporting someone with a substance use disorder and depression, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

 

Educate yourself about addiction and depression. 

There is a lot of crossover between symptoms of addiction and depression. There are also different kinds of treatment plans for a dual diagnosis such as this.

Researching both can help you develop coping skills and teach you what to expect during the recovery process.

 

Don’t delay or ignore the signs.

Friends and family of addicts can also suffer from denial. 

If you suspect something is wrong, don’t ignore signs or try to find alternative solutions. This will only prolong recovery and potentially worsen the situation.

 

Don’t attack or accuse them.

Addiction and depression are mental illnesses that alter brain patterns and behaviors. Though you’re allowed to be angry, hurt, or frustrated, hostility ultimately hinders recovery and rarely encourages it. 

 

Don’t preach to them or guilt them. 

No one sets out to be an addict or to develop depression. Preaching or shaming them will only validate feelings of self-hatred and keep them from being honest.

 

Be prepared for denial and a strong, negative reaction. 

Though you may have accepted the situation, the other person may have not. Be prepared for adamant denial and emotional outbursts. 

 

Accept the likelihood of relapses and be there for them.

The road to recovery is full of ups and downs, curves and pitfalls, and, yes, relapses. Accepting this likelihood will help you prepare to handle the situation.

 

Help is Available with Emote Online Counseling

Just as addicts struggle to come to terms with their mental health, so do their friends and family.

 

At Emote, we extend a helping hand.

 

By working with one of our highly experienced professionals, you and your loved ones can learn how to cope with addiction and depression without overextending yourself or enabling self-destructive behavior. 

 

You and your loved ones are also free to open up about any personal issues in group therapy sessions. If you’d rather attend counseling alone, you can also schedule an appointment over video chat or communicate solely through text.

 

All this and more can be done from the comfort and security of your home. 

 

Sign up today, and your first week of therapy will only cost $35. After your first week, you’re free to select any one of our affordable payment plans.

 

With Emote, you’re not alone

 

View our FAQ to learn more or contact us to find out about how we can support you and your friends and family during recovery. 

8 Effective Ways to Support Someone Struggling with Postpartum Depression

A new mom dealing with postpartum depression.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Everything about the birth of a new baby is an emotional rollercoaster. From sleepless nights to busybody grandparents, the first few months of motherhood are undoubtedly hectic.

 

But for some mothers, this time is neither joyful nor exciting, but lonely and troubling.

 

Postpartum depression is different from the “baby blues.”

 

Baby blues is a period of sadness many women experience after giving birth. Caused by a sudden drop in hormones, baby blues are perfectly normal and last about one to two weeks. 

 

However, if feelings of anxiety and depression persist and intensify, the mother has possibly developed postpartum depression.

 

Affecting 1 in 8 women in the United States, postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that typically develops the first few weeks or up to a year after giving birth. For some, it may even develop during pregnancy

 

If a mother you know is experiencing postpartum depression, here’s how you can offer emotional support and encourage them to seek professional care.

How Can I Tell if Someone is Dealing with Postpartum Depression? The Signs to Know

Postpartum depression manifests in different ways and, like pregnancy, no single experience is the same. However, there are commonalities. 

 

New moms may misunderstand what they’re feeling and believe they’re somehow failing at motherhood. Mothers with older children may also be caught off-guard, especially if they’ve never experienced postpartum depression before.

 

The exact cause of PPD is debated, but it’s theorized postpartum depression is caused by sudden hormonal changes following birth

 

Women with a personal or family history of depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety disorder are at risk of developing PPD. A lack of emotional support, birth complications, and financial issues can also contribute.

 

To best care for a loved one during this, it’s important to know what to look out for before starting the conversation.

 

Symptoms of postpartum depression include:

 

Excessive crying, depressed moods, or extreme mood swings

The mental health of new moms can be deeply affected by pregnancy hormones and other bodily changes.

Mothers with postpartum depression may cry constantly, appear depressed or listless, and have trouble controlling their moods. They may lash out or act “overly emotional.”

 

Difficulty bonding with the baby

Mothers with PPD sometimes remark that they feel “nothing” when looking at their baby and struggle to bond them. They may also become so stressed or paranoid about the baby’s well-being, they’re reluctant to be around them, much less hold them.

 

Withdrawing from close friends and family members

Mothers suffering from PPD often struggle with feelings of guilt or worthlessness. They may blame themselves for their mental illness and pull away from loved ones.

They may refuse visitors, decline invitations from friends, and emotionally or physically distance themselves from their partners. 

 

Thoughts of harming oneself or the baby

Mothers with PPD may struggle with suicidal thoughts or think about harming their baby.

In severe cases, these thoughts can manifest as delusions or hallucinations. This is called postpartum psychosis and requires immediate help. 

 

If you believe a loved one is suicidal, encourage them to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or any of the helplines listed here.

 

Strange changes in appetite

Mental illness can also cause physical changes. While suffering from depression, a mother may overeat or undereat and experience rapid weight loss or gain.

 

Inability to sleep, loss of energy, and overwhelming fatigue

For mothers with PPD, sleep is almost impossible. They may be unable to relax or are too consumed with anxiety to sleep for more than a few minutes at a time. 

 

Loss of interest in activities and hobbies

As with clinical depression, mothers with PDD may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may feel listless or unmotivated and reject any attempt to get out of the house, exercise, watch a movie, or other activities they used to enjoy.

8 Ways to Help Someone with Postpartum Depression

The perinatal period (the period before and after birth) is emotionally and physically intense, especially in the case of PPD.

 

If left untreated, symptoms can worsen or prolong. In some cases, depressive symptoms can persist for three years after birth and could even affect the health of the baby

 

A serious medical condition, postpartum depression requires professional care to overcome and possibly medication, such as antidepressants or sleeping aids.

 

Most of all, however, a mother needs emotional support.

 

If you’d like to help someone you know get through postpartum depression, here are a few things you can do:

1. Provide a safe space and time to listen to her

The first year of a baby’s life is stressful for any mother, but especially for those struggling with PPD.

As they overcome challenges and discover new ones, you can provide a safe space for them to express themselves and a shoulder to cry on whenever they need it. New mothers with PPD often experience an emotion close to grief; try to help her through this transitional phase of her life by having open talks and listening intently.

 

2. Focus on her, not the baby

Babies are exciting and require lots of love and attention, but for mothers grappling with mental health issues, it’s easy to feel neglected.

If you are a friend or family member, try to hang out with her without the baby involved. If you are her partner or spouse, schedule some alone time so you can focus on her needs. 

 

3. Celebrate her successes as a mother and notice the small things

Motherhood is filled with triumphs and disappointments. For mothers with postpartum depression, it’s easy to fixate on mistakes or what they perceive as mistakes.

Remind her that she’s a good mother and acknowledge the little victories. Praise her for completing chores, making plans, or just taking five seconds to prioritize her needs.

4. Offer to babysit so she can enjoy some alone time

When people become parents, they develop a new identity, but they don’t need to lose themselves in dirty diapers and sleepless nights.

Offer to babysit on weekends so she can focus on self-care and catch up on sleep. If she’s comfortable with it, get the whole family involved and take the kids out for the day. 

 

5. Don’t compare her to other mothers

Hypercritical thoughts can be intense and even obsessive for mothers with postpartum depression.

If they are a first-time mom, don’t bring up other mothers’ experiences (especially if you are a mother yourself). If they have older children, don’t compare her relationship with them with that of the newborn. Avoid debates about breastfeeding, vaccines, schools, and childcare in general.

 

6. Remind her that this is temporary 

A mother with PPD may believe she’ll be depressed forever. Remind her that this isn’t true and how she feels isn’t her fault. She will have good days while she fights depression and, before she knows it, she’ll have overcome this chapter of her life.

 

7. If welcomed, help her maintain a balanced diet and exercise routine

Another way you can support a mom with PPD is through food and exercise. 

If she is receptive, encourage her to eat better and more regularly. If you live together, take over cooking responsibilities and help her maintain a healthier diet without forcing it upon her. You can also motivate her to exercise and set up a simple routine together, like daily walks or yoga.

 

8. Get her the resources and professional help she needs

Through professional care and emotional support, postpartum depression can be treated.

Encourage her to speak with mental health professionals who can offer additional resources and treatment plans like psychotherapy. You can also recommend support groups where she can communicate with other mothers who’ve experienced PPD.

If she’s interested in therapy but doesn’t have time for traditional therapy, Emote’s online services offer an affordable and convenient solution.

Remote and completely confidential, Emote’s team of therapists and counselors can provide much-needed insight at a moment’s notice. With exclusive payment plans, new mothers are free to communicate in whatever they feel comfortable.

How Emote Online Therapy Can Support New Mothers

If someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression, the best thing you can do is offer them support and remind them that they’re not alone.

 

At Emote, we provide quality care for new parents.

 

Whether they’re struggling with feelings of resentment or childcare, Emote’s therapists can provide a safe space for them that’s free of judgment, responsibilities, and parenting stress.

 

With comfort and convenience as our main objectives, new moms are also able to schedule 30-minute sessions over the computer or have text conversions throughout the day. 

 

Under the guidance of a licensed professional, they’ll learn how to cope with depression and manage self-critical thoughts. All this and more can be done from the comfort of home.

 

Sign up today to be matched with an experienced therapist from your state. With Emote, your first week of therapy will only cost $35.

 

To learn more, check out our FAQ or contact us for any questions or concerns.

Does Couples Counseling Really Work? What to Know About Couples Counseling

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What is Couples Counseling, and Does it Actually Work?

In a world of Instagram-perfect power couples and Disney fairytales, it might feel easier to ignore relationship problems and hope for the best.

 

But when communication breaks down and trust is broken, sometimes the best thing you can do is speak to a couple’s counselor.

 

Also known as a couples therapist or marriage counselor, couples counselors act as unbiased third parties, guiding couples through whatever issues they may be facing—often with satisfactory results.

 

According to the American Psychological Association, couples counseling boasts an effectiveness rating of 75%.

 

Another report by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) documents positive results: Over 98% of clients who attended therapy described their experience as “good” or “excellent” with overall improvements to their work, home, and romantic lives.  

 

Given the right counselor and a willing partner, the same is possible for you.

 

Here’s everything you need to know about couples counseling, why you might need it, and how to get help

How to Tell If You Need Couples or Marriage Counseling

As mental health professionals, licensed marriage counselors and couples therapists can tackle a variety of issues. 

 

Although no client is the same, most clients share difficulties your counselor can provide insight on.

 

Whether this is through emotionally-focused couples therapy (also called EFT, a popular branch of psychotherapy) or the Gottman Method, a trained professional can employ skills and exercises to pinpoint the root of your problems.

 

Some common reasons for couples counseling include:

 

  • You’ve grown apart.

Many healthy relationships slow down and fall into a routine, but this can sometimes lead to an emotional and/or physical distance. This may be due to work, kids, or other priorities.

 

  • One of you is considering divorce.

Many married couples turn to couples counseling after reaching a crossroads in their marriage. One of you may be considering divorce, while the other wants to work things out.

 

  • Someone or both of you have been unfaithful.

Infidelity is understandably difficult to move on from. If one or both of you have been unfaithful, counseling may be the only way to heal old and new wounds.

 

  • There are financial issues that strain your relationship.

According to research, married couples tend to fight more about money than any other marital issue. This can also apply to unmarried couples who either share a home or depend on each other financially.

 

  • You can never seem to agree and always argue.

It’s normal for couples to disagree sometimes, but constant arguments are rarely cathartic and can leave you feeling unloved and even hated.

 

Can Couples Counseling Ever Fail?

Couples counseling isn’t a magical cure. 

 

Like any form of psychotherapy, couples counseling is an applied science that yields different results for different couples. Multiple factors will determine its overall effectiveness. 

 

In other words, while one method may not work for you and your partner, another might.

 

Just as in your relationship, there will be a reasonable amount of trial and error. And while counseling may not “fail,” certain challenges will make it harder to be effective. 

 

Some of these challenges include:

 

If one person is unwilling or completely closed off to the idea of counseling:

Marriage counseling works best if both participants are willing. If one person is emotionally closed off or against any kind of conflict resolution during counseling, it’ll be harder to improve your relationship.

 

This also applies to unmarried couples. Research shows that couples who attend premarital counseling and iron out their issues before tying the knot have a higher chance of a successful marriage than those who do not.

 

If there is an ongoing affair or infidelity: 

Positive changes are more likely to happen if one or both participants is completely invested in the relationship. An ongoing affair will only impede this.

 

If there is addiction or substance abuse involved: 

Addiction is a serious problem that requires dedicated care. If one or both partners are not receiving treatment for their substance abuse, it may be better to focus on your respective mental and physical wellness before your relationship.

 

If there is physical abuse involved:

Abuse is never okay. If your partner is physically abusive, couples counseling may not be the method to rehabilitate them. This is a change they must make on their own, and your safety should be your number one priority.

 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can reach out to the helplines listed here.

 

If there is crime involved:

Psychotherapy is confidential, with some exceptions. If criminal activity is involved, there is no excuse for actively endangering you or your partner’s well-being. Serious criminal activity may be outside the bounds of what can be simply fixed or resolved in a counseling session.

What to Expect in Couples Counseling

The point of couples counseling is not to repair your relationship in a single session but to lay down the foundation for new methods of learning and communication between you and your partner. To be as effective as possible, counseling sessions tend to have an overarching objective in mind.

 

To help you prepare, here is a general outline of what you can expect while in counseling:

 

Introductions:

Your first session will be all about you and your partner: where you met, how long you’ve been together, and what you hope to gain from counseling. Your counselor may also outline their methods and what you can expect from their expertise.

 

Reveal basic information about the relationship:

After introductions have been made, you will be asked basic information about your relationship. This may seem unimportant, but your counselor will gain a clearer understanding of your relationship, personalities, and why you two clash on certain subjects.

 

Get to the root of problems: 

Once your counselor has basic insight into your relationship, they will begin asking deeper questions such as when you started having problems and how you’ve dealt with them so far.

 

If you’re having intimacy issues, they may ask questions about your sex life. Though this might initially be uncomfortable, remember counseling is a safe space, and your counselor isn’t here to judge you or your partner.

 

Determine specific goals: 

Early into and throughout your therapy sessions, you and your counselor will chart out goals for your relationship. Together, you may work on improved problem-solving, empathetic listening, and how to self-soothe after arguments.

 

Learn new communication skills and resolution strategies:

During counseling, you will learn new skills and practice exercises. It may take several sessions to sink in, but by applying what you’ve learned at home, you and your partner will communicate better than before.

 

Regain balance in the relationship: 

As you develop a greater understanding of each other’s needs and learn how to resolve conflict, you may begin to feel like you’re “back on track.” The balance will have been restored in your relationship and you’ll feel more like equals.

 

Effective Online Couples Counseling with Emote

For counseling to be effective, both you and your partner need to be committed—but between missed appointments, scheduling conflicts, and months-long waitlists, counseling isn’t practical for everyone.

 

At Emote, we offer a convenient and effective solution.

 

Whether it’s work, school, kids, or a tight budget, our online marriage counselors are happy to work with your schedule rather than against it.

 

No need to drive downtown for an appointment when you and your partner can hop on a video chat session in your living room. For immediate assistance, text your therapist and get input as soon as conflicts arise, rather than days or weeks later.

 

With Emote, you’re not alone.

 

Get started today, and your first week with us will only cost $35. After that, you’re free to select any one of our affordable subscriptions for you and your partner.

How to Get Therapy and the Help You Need When You Don’t Have Insurance

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It’s never been easier to talk about mental health than it is today.

 

From non-profit mental health clinics to 24-hour helplines, someone is always ready to lend a hand whenever you need it most

 

But for those without health insurance, services like therapy can feel more like a luxury than a necessity. 

 

Why?

 

Many therapists run independent practices. With all sorts of expenses to cover, their out-of-pocket rates may be steep for someone without insurance.

 

According to Thumbtack, traditional therapy sessions (i.e., in-person therapy) average $98 to $120 per session. Meanwhile, some professionals choose to bill per hour, charging anywhere between $60 to $175 per hour. 

 

The type of therapy, the therapist’s expertise, and where you live will also affect overall costs. 

 

Fortunately, there are low-cost, even free alternatives to traditional therapy.

 

In this article, we’ll go over what to do when you can’t afford therapy and how to get professional help at an affordable price.

 

What to Do When You Don’t Have Insurance and Can’t Afford Traditional Therapy Costs

 

If you don’t have health insurance, it’s easy to feel discouraged.

 

With your budget to consider and other factors like scheduling conflicts and waitlists, you may want to give up entirely. 

 

But you can’t give up on your mental health. 

 

Just as your physical health is important, so is your emotional and mental well-being. By putting yourself first and seeking professional help when you need it, you’re paving the way to a happier, healthier future.

 

From government-funded programs to online mental health providers like Emote, there is something out there for you. A good rule of thumb is that if one method doesn’t pan out, try another.

 

Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when looking into therapy: 

 

Don’t give up, keep researching

Thanks to the internet, virtual resources offer a wealth of information on any kind of health condition or personal issue you can think of. 

 

Even navigating difficult topics like marital and intimacy issues has been made easier through online anonymity and expert advice from licensed professionals

 

Whether you’re interested in developing a long-term mental health treatment plan with a licensed therapist, or non-medical coping mechanisms like meditation, a few minutes of research can shed some light on how to get help while on a budget.

 

Check with your employer(s)

Depending on your type of employment, you may be eligible to receive EAP benefits

 

An Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, is a voluntary employee program that offers free mental health services such as counseling, psychotherapy, and confidential psychological assessments.

 

Typically, the number of free services is limited. However, EAP-sponsored mental health professionals may offer discounted rates for employees who choose to continue with their care.

 

Read blogs and articles on your specific issues

Nonprofessional medical advice should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, there are plenty of blogs, articles, and websites dedicated to specific issues like anxiety or how to deal with triggers

 

Any of these sources may offer worthwhile insight into your mental or behavioral health that you can bring up with a therapist at a later date.

 

See if you’re eligible for Medicaid

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid has provided a range of low-cost healthcare benefits to millions of Americans. Of the benefits provided, mental health services are included, with some extending to addiction and behavioral disorders. 

 

Eligibility for Medicaid is dependent on a set of financial and non-financial criteria

 

The criteria are primarily considerate of low-income households. States, however, may also offer additional coverage for certain groups outside of the federal criteria.

6 Affordable Alternatives and Strategies to Get Therapy Without Insurance

 

Therapy can be a beneficial experience for anyone struggling with mental health issues, interpersonal conflicts, or stress.

 

Unfortunately, even with coverage, it’s likely you’ll be looking out-of-network for a therapist. This is because not all insurance companies provide mental health benefits. And for those that do, in-network therapists are often few and far between. 

 

To add, with traditional therapy, clients are often on waitlists for weeks or months at a time. There is also a limited selection of expertise from in-network providers, such as group therapy for couples and families or specialist psychologists.

 

Suffice to say: Without insurance coverage, affording therapy can feel next to impossible. 

 

Fortunately, there are alternatives.

 

If you or a loved one is interested in therapy but can’t afford traditional therapy, here are few ways to get the care you need at an affordable rate:

 

1. For students, check with your on-campus counselors and ask for resources

School is a stressful time in everyone’s life, no matter your age. 

 

One study reported that depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental illnesses amongst traditional students—most of whom are young adults who can’t financially support themselves, much less afford therapy.

 

Meanwhile, non-traditional students often have jobs, children, and households to support. Between work, school, and home life, such students have little time to take care of themselves or their mental health.

 

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, if your school offers free health resources, take advantage of them. 

 

It’s also worth speaking to the campus counselor about student discounts for therapy and other health services.

 

2. Scope out any local or online support groups

Outreach is an important aspect of any community.

 

Nonprofit organizations and government-funded health centers in your area may be able to provide you with affordable and/or temporary psychological care. Some therapists sponsored by city or community programs may also offer free therapy sessions for a limited time.

 

You can also reach out to online support groups. 

 

Though you should be wary of any medical advice you find online, experts frequently communicate on message boards and post articles about therapy and mental illness.

 

3. Crisis and suicide prevention hotlines

It’s never too late to ask for help.

 

Crisis hotlines operate 24/7, so no matter what the situation is, someone can always guide you through your darkest hours.

 

Here are a few major hotlines you can contact, day or night:

You can also check out any of the crisis resources we’ve listed here for help

 

(If you or a loved one needs immediate help, please contact 911.)

 

4. Sliding scale therapists

Some therapists are willing to adjust their rates and provide low-cost therapy for those in need. They may also be willing to provide discounts for cash payments or alternative payment plans for low-income clients.

 

It’s also worth speaking to your general practitioner about therapy. They may be able to give you a referral for a specialist with sliding scale fees.

 

5. Start your own support group with friends and/or family

Emotional support is what helps us grow and overcome life’s most difficult challenges, such as the loss of a loved one.

 

Whether it’s with close friends or family members, try reaching out to those closest to you. By doing so, you are gaining a vital tool: a strong support system.

 

By starting a support group with friends and family, you can encourage those around you to open up about private struggles and ask for help. You can also build a sense of purpose and belonging to help combat mental illness and nurture wellness and self-love.

 

6. Seek online therapy platforms and apps

Time is one of the most common roadblocks people face with therapy.

 

We all lead busy lives with jobs, children, and expectations to meet—it’s hard to prioritize our mental well-being and seek help when we don’t have insurance or free time. 

 

Online therapy platforms like Emote offer an affordable, convenient solution.

 

With online therapy, you’re free to schedule virtual appointments in whatever way works best for you.

 

Whether you’re interested in couples counseling or individual therapy, a qualified therapist is ready to host virtual sessions and talk you through your problems. And the best part? 

 

No insurance plan is required. 

 

Just sign up and get matched with a therapist today.

 

Get the Support You Need with Emote Online Therapy

 

For those with insurance, coverage can be lacking. For those without, finding a therapist can be time-consuming and expensive—but it doesn’t have to be.

 

At Emote, we cut out months-long waitlists and match you with a therapist that’s right for you

 

Through our affordable therapy services, you’re able to communicate in whatever you’re most comfortable with.

 

Be it through text, video chat, couples sessions, or individual therapy, our team of highly trained professionals can provide you with the tools and support to manage symptoms and navigate personal struggles.

 

With Emote, you don’t have to worry about insurance providers and copays. You have an open path to explore therapy options and pick the best plan for you with our selection of subscriptions. 

 

With Emote, you’re not alone

 

Start today, and your first week of therapy will only cost $35. Review our FAQ to learn more or reach out to us about your future therapy experience.