When you know someone with a mental illness, it can be hard to get the help and support they require to live their lives. In truth, governments are not able to stretch their hand to help every family as budgets are cut and some resources are often hard to find. For many, they don’t know who to turn to for help and really aren’t sure where to start. Advocating for the mentally ill can be extremely important and a lot easier than you might think. Read on to find out how you can actually advocate for the mentally ill today.
Understand the Health Care and Insurance Industries
Seeing a therapist or counselor or indeed any mental health facilities can be extremely costly, even when you visit a community health care provider. In truth, these are costly expenses and the worse of it all is that some mental health services are not covered by insurance. That essentially means people are not able to see the people they need to for help unless they pay privately and that can be thousands. If you want to advocate for the mentally ill, you have to get to know the system and intimately! You must understand how the health care system works when it comes to treating mentally ill people and how insurance deals with certain health care facilities. This is the first step in being able to advocate for those who can’t do it for themselves.
Get To Know the Rights of Patients and Guardian or Care-Giver Rights
You need to know where you stand when it comes to getting a child or a family member help for their mental illness as it’ll make all the difference. You have to go over your insurance policy with a fine tooth comb and see if it talks about any mental health clauses. If there is none then you should be able to use the policy for the services of therapists. Of course, there may be hidden clauses you don’t see. If there is nothing specific about mental health, you must contact an ombudsman or the company to clear the matter up. This will ensure you now know where you stand and it’ll be a useful step to take, to say the least.
Get Advice or Help from a Non-Profit Organization
There are dozens of organizations set up to help advocate for those who need extra help such as children in the care system and those with mental illness. These are non-profit organizations and usually have lots of volunteers which could prove useful to you. For example, you could look at their organization for help when you’re a bit unsure of certain things. This is always a great avenue to explore and you should be able to get some help, even if it’s just a small piece of advice.
Advocate for Those Who Can’t
Too many people are dismissed and not thought of about again simply because they are classed as ‘unimportant’ but mental health is important. You shouldn’t be afraid to make your voice heard on such matters and you will get the help and support from many sources too. There is never a better time to advocate and you can surely get your voice heard.