Adequate mental health services can be difficult to receive. There are many people whose insurance does not cover mental health services or if they do there are limitations. It may be prohibitive with a high co-pay or in the number of sessions allowed. There are also issues in regards to where people live. In more rural areas, there are minimal mental health services. There are even towns with 150,000 people who do not have many options for services. While towns of that size may have plenty of counselors, some of those areas only have one psychiatrist. There are often limitations in those less populated areas for quality mental health care. With the limitations some people experience like cost and location, utilizing tele-mental health can provide a viable option.
Tele-mental health can be a great option for some of the issues mentioned above. It can open up the door for people to seek adequate treatment rather than being limited and having fewer options. For example, compared to the number of therapists, there are fewer psychiatrists. In more rural areas, that number may be even smaller. Not only are those towns being affected, but even the smaller towns in the surrounding areas are being affected as well. Having the ability to speak with a psychiatrist and receive medication can be huge for people. Rather than not receiving any medication or having to wait months on a waiting list, individuals could receive the help they need more immediately. The cost can also be more affordable in some cases whether it is through insurance or private pay options.[Read more…]