Care for

Navigating care

Finding a mental health professional you are content with is a process. Think of this in the same way that one might find a personal doctor. You may or may not find someone you are comfortable with the first time out.

If you have a personal physician, that is one place to ask. School guidance counselors can give informed suggestions on counseling and some religious institutions are informed on suggesting counseling services.

Another method is using the internet. The United States government has SAMHSA - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They serve as a general reference point for a wide spectrum of mental health associated issues. 

They curate the most extensive national database of mental health practitioners itemized by specific topic specialties. With your zip code, you can quickly locate services based on your needs.

Non-profit organizations that focus on suicide and mental health can provide a more personalized navigation of services. Organizations like Hope For The Day would research available resources with an attention to specific details and make advanced inquiries to narrow references.

In any direction you go, when you have identified a potential professional, it is best to initiate contact by phone or email and explore the professional’s methods and attitudes before making a
professional appointment.

Trust your gut on their ‘bedside manner’, because being comfortable with the professional is essential to positive results. If you are comfortable, then proceed from there with an in-person appointment. Don’t be hesitant to ask questions about costs.