Speak Out for Mental Health Care Access

Access to mental health care services can be uneven and, at times, dependent upon social or economic status.  Read the compelling stories below about how a lack of services has affected these people.



Jason, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Misdiagnosed PDF Print E-mail
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Jason's economic condition and past homelessness have left him without insurance. His PTSD, caused in part by his former gang life, went untreated due to a misdiagnosis when he visited the ER (New York).

 
Linda with husband Brad, Major Depression; Suicide Attempt Left Her Without a Psychiatrist PDF Print E-mail
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family_profile_linda_and_bradAfter attempting suicide and being labeled "difficult," Linda had a hard time finding a therapist who would accept her as a patient (California).

 
Kerstin with family; son with Aspergers and Schizophrenia; Lack of youth and school services PDF Print E-mail
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family profile_kerstin with familyKerstin struggled to get services for her son because neither his school nor their local hospitals would accept his clinician's diagnosis of schizophrenia (Massachusetts).

 
Maria, Bipolar and Schizophrenia; Language barrier to treatment PDF Print E-mail
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(En espaƱol) Maria has faced language barriers and issues paying for medication since arriving in the US from Puerto Rico (Massachusetts).
 
Pata with daughter Nariko, Treatment-resistant depression; Prescriptions capped with Medicaid D PDF Print E-mail

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Because her Medicaid D plan has a cap on the money allocated to prescriptions, Pata often has to decide between taking her anti-depressants and taking asthma medication (Massachusetts).

 
Jennifer, PTSD and Depression; Not enough coverage for services PDF Print E-mail

jennifer_family_profileJennifer receives both VA and disability coverage, but still struggles to get all the care she needs (Kentucky).

 


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