The past two years reinforced the importance of our mental health. The following are resources about how and when to access mental health care.
When to Access Mental Health Care
- If you are wondering if you should seek mental health care, talk with your primary care provider. Ask what mental health services their office provides, such as therapy or medication management, and if they would recommend any additional services. Some people find it helpful to share the results of a mental health self-assessment with their physician. You can take one here.
- The National Institutes of Mental Health recommends that you “don’t wait until your symptoms are overwhelming,” and that you “seek professional help if you are experiencing severe or distressing symptoms that have lasted two weeks or more, such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Appetite changes that result in unwanted weight changes
- Struggling to get out of bed in the morning because of mood
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in things you usually find enjoyable
- Inability to perform usual daily functions and responsibilities”
- Learn more about additional signs and symptoms of a mental health conditions.
- Do not delay seeking treatment. Mental health professionals are very busy due to the increase in demand for their services. Try to seek care early so that you have more time to find and obtain an appointment with a mental health professional who is a great fit for you.
- If you or someone that you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact or go to a crisis service immediately. Below are potential crisis resources.
How to Obtain Mental Health Crisis Support
- Contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website
- Call 211 (then enter your zip code and Press 3)
- Use the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Call 911
- Go to a mental health crisis center or an emergency department at a local hospital.
How to Find Mental Health Providers
- Talk with your health insurance company to identify your mental health benefits, covered mental health services, prior authorization processes, co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and the list of in-network providers.
- As your primary care physician or nurse practitioner for a referral to a mental health professional.
- Identify what mental health services are provided by your employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
- Consult trusted friends, family, and faith community leaders.
- Find providers and mental health resources from non-profit, government, and health organizations sources such as:
- Be Well Indiana
- Look Up Indiana
- Psychology Today Listing of Therapists
- Call 211 or visit their website.
- Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- If you are seeking mental health support for your child or adolescent:
- Start by consulting with your child’s pediatrician to discuss your concerns.
- Talk to your child’s school counselor about the struggles or concerns your child is having. They will be able to share information about the supports and services that the school might be able to provide. Some examples of this support might be:
- Meeting one on one with the school counselor or social worker to provide short term support
- Having your student participate in a group with other students in the school who are experiencing similar issues to learn skills and strategies to assist your student.
- Referring your student to a mental health therapist in the school or community.
- Learn more about Hamilton Southeastern Schools Mental Health & School Counseling.
- If you have a college student, contact the school to obtain a list of mental health resources.
- If you have Medicare, learn about your mental health care coverage and find providers.
- If you have Medicaid, find resources here.
- If you are a Veteran, visit the Veteran’s Administration website or call 1-877-222-8387. Military, veterans, and loved ones can also find support through Give an Hour.
Additional Resources: How & When to Obtain Mental Health Services
- Give an Hour’s Connecting to Hope – Accessing Care
- Mental Health America:
- Finding Help – When to Get It and Where To Go
- Finding Help – Frequently Asked Questions
Suzanne Clifford is the CEO of Inspiring Transformations, which helps organizations and diverse coalitions dramatically improve health, social, and economic outcomes. Suzanne previously served as the Senior Vice President of Integrated Primary Care as well as the Vice President of Behavioral Health and CEO of Gallahue Mental Health Services at Community Health Network. She was also appointed by two governors to serve as the Director of Mental Health and Addiction for Indiana where she lead six state hospitals and directed community mental health and addiction services in 92 counties.
She loves going to the Fishers Farmers’ Market, the Fishers concert series at the NPD AMP, and the local restaurants in Fishers. During her spare time, she enjoys kayaking with her husband, traveling, and visiting national parks. She also loves spending time with her two grown sons and future daughter-in-law. Her favorite thing about Fishers is the community’s strong focus on mental health.
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