The United States had an existing shortage of mental healthcare providers prior to the COVID pandemic, and now the problem has only become worse as a greater number of individuals are struggling with anxiety, depression, and stress that lingers even as pandemic restrictions have loosened. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find the care you need if you are struggling. Here are some strategies you can use to connect with a therapist and get the support you need.
Telehealth can allow you to cast a wider net in your search for a therapist, since you can see a provider who may be located further from your home or even in another city. With telehealth, you can consult a therapist through a secure video call, which may help you feel more comfortable in your sessions. Additionally, this may provide you with more scheduling flexibility, which can help you fit into a busy provider’s schedule.
Consult Your Insurance Provider
If you have insurance, your insurance provider may do some of the legwork for you when it comes to finding a therapist. Some insurance carriers offer appointment assistance, which can help you connect with an in-network provider. Depending on availability of therapists in your area, you may end up on a waitlist, but cancellations may occur that bump up your appointment.
Join a Support Group
One-on-one therapy is beneficial for a variety of reasons, but it’s not the only way to seek mental health support. Support groups may help you overcome issues like grief, codependence, substance abuse, and anxiety, and many of these groups now meet up via Zoom or other video conferencing platforms, so they may be easier to attend than ever.
Call Free Crisis Hotlines
If you are struggling and need to speak with someone right away, calling a hotline like the 988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline can help you get through difficult times.
MeMD can help you connect with a therapist via affordable, convenient virtual care. Some of our providers have availability in as little as 72 hours, so don’t hesitate to set up an appointment.