Mental health affects everyone, whether directly or indirectly. Over the course of a lifetime, approximately 50% of Canadians will have experienced some form of mental health problem, and in any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians is going through mental illness.
Not 1 in every 2, or even 1 in ever 5, Canadians can afford the typical costs of therapy or counselling services.
If you are in this type of situation, take a look below at our top 3 therapy options for low income families and individuals.
Here Are Some Low-Cost Options You Can Consider
Sliding Scale Services
Many counsellors and therapists will offer sliding scale services. Sliding scale services are designed specifically for uninsured or low-income families, students, the elderly, etc.
With sliding scale services, the hourly fee is determined based on factors such as the individual’s income, financial situation, and the number of dependents in their household.
Sliding scale services can be a great option for anyone seeking counseling for a number of reasons, ranging from mental illness to addictions to conflict issues, but who have limited financial means.
Local Support Groups
Many communities are host to local support groups that bring together individuals that are struggling with similar problems or facing similar situations.
Support groups, not to be confused with group therapy, are a great place to speak about anything that may be burdening you and are a great way to meet other individuals who are experiencing the same. You can support and learn from one another, and best of all is that these support groups are typically free to attend.
Free or Low-Cost Clinics
Many different organizations host free or low-cost clinics, staffed by fully qualified practitioners, meant to provide good quality counselling services to those with no financial means to hire a therapist in a typical setting.
Check your community’s local business listing or speak with your physician about low-cost clinics near you.
Tip: if you are a student, look into whether or not your campus provides free counselling services – many post-secondary institutions do.
Bonus: Online Therapy
There are many websites and apps that offer a variety of counselling services through various mediums, including voice chat, video chat, instant messaging, and email.
These online options are not free – but it can be easy to find some cost effective options, as the market is becoming saturated, causing prices to lower in an attempt to outdo competing offers. Payment methods can vary with these online options; subscription services may charge weekly or monthly fees, whereas private counselors may charge per hour or per session.
In addition to being a good option for those on a budget, online therapy is also a good option for those with limited time.
Don’t Let Money Stand in the Way
Mental health is too important to be put on the back burner regardless of your financial situation. Whether it’s for yourself or another member of your family – seek help, before it’s too late.
These low-cost options can ensure that you and your family receive the help you need without bringing the strain and stress of financial burden into the picture.
*This is a collaborative post.