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COMMON BARRIERS TO MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

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So, you are considering therapy, or you know someone who would benefit from therapy, yet there is something getting in the way. Take a moment to think about all the reasons someone may decide not to seek mental health treatment when needed. These are often called “barriers to care.” Acknowledging common barriers to care may help you understand and empathize with the reasons an individual may not seek treatment. This guide identifies some common barriers and provides strategies to address them.

 

 

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Can Mental Health Treatment Help Me?

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For many Black/African Americans, the stigma (fear of being judged or perceived as crazy by others) of mental health treatment or the religious guilt (Maybe I should trust and have more faith in God) prevents them from seeking mental health treatment. The truth is that mental health providers are licensed professionals, who are trained to help people learn ways to manage and cope with many of life’s stressors and mental health conditions. This guide provides information about the different types of therapy, details on who can benefit from therapy, and resources for those experiencing a mental health crisis.

 

 

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How to Find a Mental Health Provider

Have you ever thought you or someone you know could benefit from mental health services, but just didn’t know where to start? This guide provides information on how to obtain a referral for mental health services (if needed by your insurance), where and how to find therapists, and how to obtain an evaluation for medication.

 

 

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Levels of Care

The frequency and intensity of mental health services depends on several factors such as your needs, symptoms, and desires.  More specifically, it is important to distinguish between when professional mental health treatment may be helpful and when mental health treatment is necessary to improve your daily functioning. This guide explains the various levels of care that are provided through mental health services to help you determine what might be best for you.

 

 

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Sometimes therapy is about improving and enhancing your life, other times it can serve as a lifesaving intervention requiring immediate attention.  This may include a significant change in emotional or behavioral functioning, a decline in mood, an increase in risky behaviors, and/or thoughts of self-harm, suicide, or hurting others.  This guide lists the warning signs and symptoms that require immediate attention as well as resources you can use to help you immediately.  While we provide this information for your knowledge, if you have concerns that you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

 

 

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When to Seek Urgent Mental Health Treatment

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After making the decision to seek mental health treatment, individuals may find it difficult to figure out what type of provider may be the most helpful.  There are a variety of factors that can influence your choice of a mental health provider including treatment goals, symptoms, severity of symptoms, and the need for medication.  This fact sheet is intended to provide you with insight into the types of mental health providers and assist you in identifying the right provider for your mental health needs.

 

 

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QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR A THERAPIST

Finding the right therapist can be like finding the right pair of jeans…sometimes you have to try on a few before you find the right fit. The search for that special therapist that you can be honest with, get the help you need, afford to pay, and fit into your schedule can be quite overwhelming.  However, the more you know about yourself and your needs, the easier the process can be.  This guide provides you with questions to ask potential therapists and reflection questions after your first contact with that therapist, which will help you determine if that therapist is the best fit for you. 

 

 

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 Following the death of a close family member or a friend, the holidays may begin to take on a different meaning. You may notice that things which previously represented happy memories during this season such as Christmas trees, family dinner during Thanksgiving, festive music, and seasonal movies, may begin to serve as reminders of your loss. What once was the happiest time of year may now be filled with sorrow and grief. 

 

 

 

To Learn More About  Healing Through Grief During the Holidays

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