If you are struggling with Depression, please know that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help you. Even if you don’t have money to pay for counseling or medication, there are free resources available online that can help you during times of sadness or crisis.
Need someone to talk to?
7cups offers free, 24/7 chats with empathetic volunteers called “listeners.” Most volunteers were once 7cups users themselves, so they have experience that can help them understand what you are going through. Sign up for free here.
In a crisis?
IMAlive is the world’s first virtual crisis center. It is the world’s first crisis center where 100% of the volunteers are trained in crisis intervention.
You can also text NAMI to 741741 to talk to someone on the crisis line at the National Association for Mental Illness
If you are LGBTQ, you can go to the Trevor project at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
Want to know where to get help?
Even if you feel you are not able to afford a therapist, there are options available to lessen the cost considerably. Some therapists or clinics offer therapy on a sliding scale, which means that charges fluctuate based on income. Ask about a sliding scale or other payment options when you call or visit for a consultation. Find a Therapist near you.
Federally funded health centers can also be a good resource for those without health insurance or with a limited budget. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Many of these centers include mental health services. Find a federally funded health center near you.
Some colleges and universities offer low-cost or free therapy. Keep in mind that these sessions aren’t always open to the public; some departments may limit them to students of that college or university.
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