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EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM MENTAL HEALTH NAVIGATOR PILOT

I'm here to help you find mental healthcare providers, navigate insurance options, and tackle barriers to care access.

 

PILOT PROGRAM

If you're struggling to find help, you are not alone. 


48% of respondents to the 2018 EA Mental Health Survey who reported needing mental health care said they are not receiving the mental health care they need. Nearly a third (30%) of total respondents believe that they could personally benefit from an EA Mental Health Care Navigator.


We propose creating a Mental Health Care Navigator program to boost EA community well-being by connecting EA members with mental healthcare resources.

~We are piloting the program with a five-hour per week volunteer position.~

Potential areas of counsel

  • Compare mental health care provider and insurance options

  • Advise on how to obtain health insurance

  • Overcoming the obstacles of cost and availability of care 

    • Refer clients to local services that offer free and/or immediate counseling 

    • Inform clients of online or over-the-phone services 

  • Discuss who can prescribe medication and how to refill prescriptions

  • Compare different approaches to therapy/counseling

  • Direct clients to providers recommended in the EA community 

  • Recommend programs for specific conditions

  • Advice on switching providers 

Consultation process

  1. Discuss your mental health situation, the resources available to you, and barriers to care access. What has been tried in the past? What has helped and what has been less effective? 

  2. Determine short-term and long-term measurable mental health goals

  3. Brainstorm options. I research local and global resources tailored to your needs. These may include in-person therapy, online therapy, medication, informational resources, comprehensive lifestyle plans, etc. We'll brainstorm ways to overcome access barriers. If relevant, we will discuss insurance options. 

  4. Create a step-by-step plan.

  5. Follow up. I'll check in on a weekly basis to evaluate how the plan is working. Does anything need to be adjusted? Are there new needs that may not have been present before?

  6. Optional post-consultation survey: We'll request feedback on your experience.


Meet Danica 

I graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in Psychology. In college, I trained students in active listening techniques and crisis management as a leader of a college counseling center group called Peer Listeners. I later interned for an organization called The STAR Project that connects people recently released from prison to services that promote successful community re-entry. With the help of Nuño Sempere, Jaime Sevilla, and EA Spain, I designed and conducted the 2019 EA Mental Health Survey to gain a better understanding of mental health in the EA community. Last year, I attended and presented at an EA Mental Health Conference in the Netherlands where we brainstormed ways to support member well-being. I value authentic communication and acceptance, and believe I can combine empathic care and creative problem solving to help connect EA members with beneficial resources to promote their mental health.

I AM NOT A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. My role is to help connect you with professional resources. 

 

BOOK A CONSULTATION

Please provide your contact information and I'll reach out to you within 48 hours. Do not include confidential or private information regarding your health in this form.

 
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