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RESOURCES For Mental Health
RESOURCES For Suicide or Crisis
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Rape Abuse And Incest National Network (RAINN)
Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including:
- Confidential support from a trained staff member
- Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
- Someone to help you talk through what happened
- Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
- Referrals for long term support in your area
- Information about the laws in your community
- Basic information about medical concerns
Contact online is confidential.
Chat with trained staff members. (Chat-Online).
National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones: General Information
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: National hotline, operated by RAINN, that serves people affected by sexual violence. It automatically routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search your local center here. Hotline: 800.656.HOPE
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: This site offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence including a large legal resource library.
- National Organization for Victim Assistance: Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States as the recognized leader in this noble cause.
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosts a resource library home of thousands of materials on violence against women and related issues, with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression.
- U.S. Department of Justice: National Sex Offender Public Website: NSOPW is the only U.S. government Website that links public state, territorial, and tribal sex offender registries from one national search site.
- The National Center for Victims of Crime: The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. They are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.
- National Street Harassment Hotline: Created by Stop Street Harassment, Defend Yourself, and operated by RAINN, the National Street Harassment Hotline is a resource for those affected by gender-based street harassment. Support is available in English and Spanish: call 855.897.5910 or chat online.
For more information contact RAINN (800) 656-4673
SURVIVORS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT.
When planning for a trip do you cover all bases? What do you do when you’re overseas and in a jam requiring medical assistance? Most people who have mental illness/disorder or physical medical needs aren’t prepared when traveling abroad. Hello all you rockers of words, today’s blog is inspired by a conversation that points out what the lack of preparedness when traveling. A few days ago I had an interesting conversation about travel, mental health and the medical profession. I mentioned to my buddy who lives in Scotland that I will be paying a visit in Spring. As the conversation goes on I asked is there a Starbucks, US banking institutions like Chase, Wells Fargo or Capital One. I also asked if there’s stores like Walmart or Target. My buddy reply is yes yes and yes but you forgot the most important thing medical. He began to teach me about NHS (National Healthcare Service). NHS is free healthcare provided by the Scottish government. He gave some interesting tips and what I can expect should my Chum decides to take over. Under the NHS everything is covered including mental health services. Prescription is an out of pocket expense and not covered. This intrigued me peaking my interest. In researching I found there’s a lot of countries that supports free medical programs or services that includes services for mental illness.
The Kelpies, Scotland
This blog is not politically motivated. This blog is simply informational. I have to admit, I have traveled thousands of miles and in my journeys I discovered some type of free healthcare services for mental and physical wellbeing. European countries like Italy, Ireland, England, Wales has some form of a national health service that give free coverage of medical, dental and vision. Most NHS requires out of pocket expense for prescriptions. Of course if you’re covered by private insurance it’s wise to contact a travel agent, state department (or equivalent) or healthcare provider to know your options. Here are some examples of what to expect while traveling.
The Great White North “Canada”
Canada has a type of universal healthcare “Medicare”. However, if you are not a permanent resident you are not eligible for free medical and is responsible for medical services performed. It’s true that thirty percent of Canadians medical is paid by the private sector with a supplementary or secondary insurance that covers the cost of prescription drugs, dental and vision. Canada do offer various healthcare programs for its residence. Those who are on a short term basis is required to purchase “Travel Insurance”.
The Land Down Under “Australia”
Australia version of “Medicare” is a program of the Department of Human Services and is free for most residents. Medicare is funded by Medicare Levy with two percent of the population paying taxes into this levy. Those residents who earn higher wages are required to pay an additional levy (Medicare Levy Surcharge) if they don’t have private insurance. Residents with certain medical conditions, foreign residence and some low income earners are not eligible for Medicare and may apply for an exemption from paying the levy. It’s not clear of what percentage is mental illness is covered under this program most likely it’s a case by case basis.
The US has its versions of a semi free program like medical, medicare and Obamacare but these programs is a start but most foreign visitors who aren’t legal citizens or residents are not eligible. You still need some type of private insurance to maintain your health. Unfortunately insurance has many avenues that gets tricky like knowing the difference between “PPO” or “HMO”. This is where “Travel Insurance” comes in handy. There are many different policies to choose from. It’s true that the US has the best medical but without any insurance to help that cost comes at a hefty price. If uninsured, a trip to the emergency room can run you into the thousands. Travel Insurance is offered by many companies it can get overwhelming. This is where research is helpful. If you have private insurance speak with your healthcare provider to find out if the policy is covered in foreign countries. Those who are in therapy speak to your medical team or Doctor or Therapist to see if they can recommend someone for the length of your trip. Always follow up with your healthcare provider after getting recommendations from your medical team.
This is an aspect of travel that most jetsetters don’t take into account. I spoke with my medical team and my Doctor gave me suggestions on therapist to contact while in Scotland. She also gave me information on where to get prescriptions, and what hospital to attend in case of emergency. Most people diagnosed with an illness or disorder don’t realize the importance of having a wider safety net. Help is available and don’t be afraid to seek help no matter where you are.
Until next time….
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
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For more information contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline directly phone number listed above.