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Affordable Mental Health Counseling

My initial dive into the subject of affordable mental health counseling came from the awareness of a friend in need.  Little did I know the rabbit hole it would take me down.  

I’ve found sites for suicide prevention, sites directed at veterans, children, domestic abuse, Christians and many, many more.  This is good, great, in fact.  BUT, what I did NOT find was low cost or no cost counseling services for mental health issues.  

I will not go into the rant that initially came to me after this realization.  I know you have better things to do, and this IS a post to help people, after all.  

Below is a list of sites that I found that may be of help to you or those that you know.  There is a lot of information here.  Each site is in BOLD and the color BLUE below.  The link will take you to a site with much more information.  

I did a post several days ago asking for help/information on this very subject.  If you would like to read that post, you can find it HERE.

Better This site seems to be the closest 
thing that I've found for low cost counseling 
services. They go by your income.

Depression Alliance This site offers a lot of 
online options.

HUB OF HOPE is a large database for Mental Health 
Services for the UK. Their homepage will let you 
enter info about your area to see if their services 
are available. If you click on the Menu on the 
upper right of the screen, it will give you other 

NAMI-National Alliance of Mental Illness has a 
helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) In the Search box, 
search "International",if you do not live in the US. 
They have a text line, a chat option and other 
information.  They have a self help program, 
volunteer listeners and a Free 24/7 chat option. 
DBSA - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 
There is a lot of support and information for 
Adults and Children on this site. 

MHA Mental Health America 
They have searches for Support Groups. They Have 
"Warm Lines", which is a call you can make even 
if you're not in crisis.This is a free service. 
Top10.Com This page has a list of OnLine therapy 
options. This is a page that explains possible 
coverage and options. 

Another Medicare list. This one is a site for Health and 
Substance Use Disorders  Suicide prevention site 
NIMH - National Institute of Mental Health - 
There's a lot of good information on this site. 
Click on the Mental Health Information tab. 

Texas Health and Human Resources- I live in Texas, 
so search for the Health and Human Resources for 
your state.  

Catholic Charities - The Catholic Charities are 
global. If you do not live in the US, I would try 
searching for them and using your country's
name. Click on the Get Help tab.

*If you have information that would help those 
in need of low cost counseling services, please 
feel free to reach out to me with the information. 
Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

17 thoughts on “Affordable Mental Health Counseling

  1. Hi Penny, thank you for gathering those resources. For anyone in the Niagara County area of Western NYS, I can assure you that there are feee/low cost therapy services at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. It’s a community outpatient behavioral health clinic. I work there along with about 10 other counselors and psychiatrists. Walk-in hours are 8-11 AM. We accept Medicare and Medicaid and also have sliding scale fees for others with private insurance if they find their co-pay to be too high. I’ve recently started my own therapy blog on this site, to increase conversation around mental health. Please check it out when you get the chance!


    1. Thank you, Alia. I did look at the Medical Center site and it’s a lot to navigate to get to the info on counseling. Is there a direct website link or phone # that people could call regarding this? If so, I would be happy to add it to my Mental Health Help Page.
      Thank you!


      1. 716-278-4541 is the phone number for “The Wellness Connection Center.” That is our Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic’s official name. You’re right, the site is probably problematic….


  2. Dear Penny, I don’t know how I missed this post of yours. I can’t thank you enough for taking all this time and trouble to find all these useful resources. I’d checked out The Hub of Hope one as it’s UK based – there are some good options on there, but not so many therapists who will see someone, but helplines to phone, which is extremely helpful in a crisis. Thank you for making this supreme effort on behalf of me and many of your other readers. I’ve made a note of the UK numbers. I hope you are well. Love Ellie Xx 💞


  3. I am so impressed at the amount of work you have put into this post.
    I do hope our friend can find some sort of help.
    Am extremely worried about her.


      1. I agree it has been for years, I have a daughter who is chronically ill with rare diseases and doctors drop her left and right, the roe vs wade made this worst, my daughter can never get pregnant she is just trying to stay alive


  4. My dearest Penny, THANK YOU for taking the time to research and compile this list. I’m certain you will, by doing this, help someone. You are correct about a broken system. I could rant about that also. But for today, you chose encouragement, hope, help. I deeply appreciate your dedication to enlightening, educating, uplifting in the area of mental health. This is important advocacy work.


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