They are in need of help but there is nowhere to seek help because they are poor?
It’s now 2016 and I have still not yet been able to find an accessible DBT therapy both group and counseling that falls within our budget.
The public system is not capable of providing the help, so where else does one go?
I do my best with self help books and websites, but my issues are so deep, complicated, and long term that it is virtually impossible for me to gain much traction on my own since I still have to bottle everything inside me.
I still have no direction in life, no idea what the next step is, where to go, what to do or how to cope.
Simply being wake stresses me out these days.
We have recently moved so I have lost access to a GP and psychiatrist so more or less back on my own there, but neither really did anything that lead to betterment mental health wise.
I did call the public mental health unit, and had the intake, however they don’t provide counseling of any sort nor do they provide long term treatment. I am on the list for the basic CBT group class for later in the spring, early summer. I’ve taken this CBT group before, its not what I would call beneficial, but does get me out once a week for 2 hours.
I really just wan’t to have a chance at a semi-normal life, have the potential to hold a job, learn the coping skills I need, and be able to discuss the issues at hand with a professional who can work through them with me one at a time.
I did the math and DBT program of 26 weeks meeting once per week + the minimum of 2 therapy sessions (they recommend once a week.) comes to the following per month:
$400 per month for the group session
$250 per month with the counselor at a student extern level. (Certified counselor is $150 and Phd Psychologist is $175)
The counseling session part is 50 minutes and group part is 2 hours.
Total is $650 + the incidental costs like bridge tolls, gas, and parking since its downtown and no free parking and seeing as I am 100km away, transit isn’t an option.
All in all I would need $750 per month just to access the first 26 weeks.
Our income is derived from disability and my wife’s job. Doing the math even if we cut cable completely that only saves $34 per month, for a grand total of around $155 left to cover things that may arise in a month like toilet paper or a prescription.
As you can see see, what we have left after the essentials is nowhere near the amount needed.
We have no debt, so our entire income goes to essentials like housing, food, transportation and such, only luxuries are the internet which is needed for life, and the cable.
I am 100% out of idea’s. I’ve tried bank loans but we don’t make enough money to get approved. Our credit card only has a $300 limit and they won’t raise it again low income.
I even asked family but they are in no position, and even went as far even though it was embarrassing and set up a go fund me type thing, but that didn’t work either.
People say to try and wait and things will get better, but frankly I have been working on this and waiting for better part of a decade now, I highly doubt at this point things will improve and in fact things have been getting worse and worse for me mental health wise.
I guess if your going to be mentally ill or have mental health issues, it’s best to be wealthy because if your not, well treatment is simply not accessible.