Many people have improved their lives thanks to services that help diagnose and treat mental health conditions, but finding the right counselor or therapist can take some research and patience. It’s important to seek out someone with a good reputation that you feel comfortable with. Talk to your primary care physician and ask friends or colleagues if they know a good counselor. It may take several counseling sessions to find the right person, but don’t give up!
The point of talking to a counselor is to help manage your mental health issues and to get feeling better, so if you don’t see improvements after a few sessions, you may need to find someone else.
The federal parity law requires insurance companies to treat mental and behavioral health and substance use disorder coverage equal to (or better than) medical/surgical coverage. Check your description of plan benefits — it should include information on behavioral health services or coverage for mental health and substance-use disorders. If you still aren’t sure, ask your human resources representative or contact your insurance company directly. Click here to learn more about mental health parity.
If you need help immediately contact a crisis hotline. You do not have to feel suicidal to call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Phone responders can support you in finding counselors or other resources in your area.
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline – (208) 398-HELP