How to Get Low-Cost (and Free) Mental Health Services in Philadelphia

America is facing a mental health crisis: The latest reports show that youth mental health is worsening, mental illness and suicidal ideation among adults is increasing, and the percentage of adults with a mental illness who are uninsured has increased. On top of that, there’s still an alarming shortage of mental health care providers, and numerous barriers to accessing the ones that do exist—from insurers failing to cover the cost of often-expensive therapy, to long waits to see a provider, to the stigmatization of mental health care among many communities.

And in Philly, where violence, crime, the opioid epidemic, and systemic racism continue to plague our city, it’s no wonder that so many of us are feeling anxious, depressed, burnt out, and just plain down. Off. Not quite like ourselves.


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