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'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).
After attempting suicide and being labeled "difficult," Linda had a hard time finding a therapist who would accept her as a patient (California).
Kerstin struggled to get services for her son because neither his school nor their local hospitals would accept his clinician's diagnosis of schizophrenia (Massachusetts).
(En español) Maria has faced language barriers and issues paying for medication since arriving in the US from Puerto Rico (Massachusetts).
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 receives both VA and disability coverage, but still struggles to get all the care she needs (Kentucky).