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Single Mom’s Search For Therapist Foiled By Insurance Companies
California Healthline – 5.25.16
Over 43 million individuals living in the U.S suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, yet more than half of these individuals do not receive the support they need. The article tells the story of Natalie Dunnege, a single mother to a son with autism, and her struggle finding a therapist for herself. In an effort to address feelings of depression and the overwhelming nature of raising a child with needs on her own, Dunnege sought out professional services only to learn that her copay for a mental health visit would be double her copay for other doctors’ appointments. The 2008 Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act were intended to resolve financial barriers to care by requiring health plans to provide benefits for mental health conditions on par with physical health conditions. However, challenges remain in enforcing laws created to make services more accessible.
As a student in her third year of a clinical psychology PhD program, Rose reflects back on her struggles with depression in high school. She never felt comfortable discussing her depression with her parents due to the concern of disappointing them. She also worried that her mental health concerns would seem “frivolous” compared to the struggles that her mother and father, who emigrated to the United States from Pakistan, experienced. The article shares excerpts from Rose’s conversation with her mother around her experience with depression, and highlights the importance of non judgemental communications around mental health. Rose shares, “I’ve had years to come to terms with this knowledge about myself and I gave her, what, maybe an hour-long conversation and then expected her to, at the end of it, be totally understanding and calm and collected about it, which wasn’t fair on my part.”
10 Books to Read During Mental Health Month
Penguin Teen – May 2016
California Winners Announced In Youth Film Contest To Prevent Suicide And Tackle Mental Health Stigma Among Peers
PR Newswire – 5.25.16
If Health-Care Providers Can’t Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness, Who Will?
The Washington Post – 5.20.16
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