Inclusive Mental Health: Why It’s Necessary
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When it comes to addressing your mental health, everyone should have the same access to help and services. In reality, this is often not the case. In certain communities and neighborhoods, individuals do not have mental health support available or are unable to attain it. Here’s a look at why this should be changed and how to find the help you need.
What is inclusive mental health?
This term describes a mental health care system where every person would be able to get the help they require, no matter who they are, their gender or race, or where they live. In essence, they would be able to meet with professionals that could provide care in the manner in which every person needs it, without fail.
While many people do have access to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and services, some people do not. This means there are certain locations and groups of people that are not able to get the proper support at all times when it comes to addressing their mental health needs.
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How to Improve Inclusive Mental Health
There are people and areas that don’t have the same amount of access to mental health facilities as other places. This is something that can be addressed so that every neighborhood has doctors and clinics available.
Part of this inclusion should also be allowing everyone to have access to mental health benefits through their employment, which is something that may not be currently applicable for some types of jobs.
Moreover, you should learn everything you can about this topic, so you are able to spread the word to others that are interested. Once more people know that this type of bias exists, additional programs could become available to help underserved communities.
You can also check in with people you know regularly, so you can be sure that they are feeling okay. If they are not, you can talk to them and see if you are able to provide support. In some cases, they may need therapy, but they might see benefit from relying on individuals that care as well.
This is a good reason to check in with people that you love. You could be able to improve their moods when they are feeling down or help them with a task that they thought was insurmountable.
Even if it isn’t much you can do to help with the mental health concern, they might have symptoms of, you can let them know that they are not alone, and it is okay for them to feel the way that they do. In some cases, they may be able to go to the hospital for additional help or take advantage of a special program to improve their wellness. There are sometimes options available, even when they are hard to find or seem absent.
How to Get the Mental Health Care You Need
Anytime you would like to take advantage of mental health services, there are a few ways you can go about this, regardless of who you are or where you live.
Look for Government Resources
In many areas, there are government facilities and programs, which are designed to help those that are unable to afford mental health care. Do some research or ask your physician if there are any clinics in your area that provide low-cost therapy that you can take advantage of. Your doctor may be able to recommend a place or provide you with much-needed information on this topic.
Talk to Your Employer
Something else you should consider is talking to your employer about what options are available if you feel like you could benefit from therapy. There may be something in your insurance plan that can cover you. On the other hand, there could be other resources you can take advantage of when it comes to the company you work for.
Of course, if there are no resources for this type of care, you should suggest that your employer adds or considers it. In other words, you should make sure that the place you work is aware that there is a need for mental health care for their employees. Providing this information may make a difference.
Consider Online Therapy
If you don’t have any other options, you might also want to look into online therapy. This type of therapy is different from traditional in-person therapy, where you must make an appointment with a psychiatrist and meet them in their office to talk to them.
With online therapy, you can interact with your therapist whenever and wherever you like, since you connect with each other through a computer or smartphone. Online therapy is also affordable compared to in-person therapy, in many instances. This could make it more accessible to those that don’t have a lot of money for therapy or live in areas where there are not enough mental health facilities available to utilize.
There are areas and groups of people that might not have the same access to mental health support as others. This could be because the services aren’t available in their area, or the programs are unsure of how to serve them best. If this concerns you, it can be helpful to find out more about this issue and do what you can to improve inclusive mental health care.