EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM MENTAL HEALTH NAVIGATOR PILOT

I'm here to help you find mental healthcare resources and tackle barriers to care access.

 

If you're struggling to find support, 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 care they need. Nearly a third (30%) of total respondents believe that they could personally benefit from a Mental Health Navigator to connect them with resources. So, we're testing out the MH Navigator role.


The Mental Health Navigator program aims to boost EA community well-being by connecting EA members with mental health resources.

~We are piloting the MH Navigator role with a five hour per week volunteer position.~

Potential areas of counsel

  • Compare mental health care provider options

  • Overcoming accessibility obstacles

    • Refer to local services with free and/or immediate counseling 

    • Find virtual services 

  • Discuss who can prescribe medication and how to refill prescriptions

  • Compare different approaches to therapy/counseling

  • Direct clients to EA-recommended providers

  • Recommend programs for specific conditions/needs

  • Advice on switching providers 

Consultation process

  1. Discuss your mental health, the resources available to you, and barriers to care access. 

  2. Brainstorm options. I'll research local and global resources and send you a list of options. These may include in-person therapy, online therapy, informational resources, etc. 

  3. Follow up. I'll check in to see how things are going. 

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


Meet Danica 

Wellness has long been a passion of mine. I graduated from Whitman College with an Honors B.A. in Psychology. In college, I trained students in active listening techniques and crisis management as a leader of our counseling center's peer group. I later interned for an organization that connects people recently released from prison to services for community re-entry. I completed a practicum with a licensed psychologist in which I transcribed clinical interviews and assisted in writing evaluations. After college, I worked as a high school language learning instructor in Spain. With the help of Nuño Sempere, Jaime Sevilla, and EA Spain, I designed the 2019 EA Mental Health Survey to gain a better understanding of EA community mental health. My goal in this role is to combine empathic care and creative problem solving to help connect EA members with valuable mental health resources.

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.

 

RESOURCES

Recommended by EA Members

Virtual Mental Health Resources

Wellness apps, online counseling sites, and crisis support. Several mental health apps are offering free services.

Ewelina Tur's list of workbooks and self-help books

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve by Rheeda Walker

WEB-BASED PRACTITIONERS | TELETHERAPY

Online counseling can be a good option for those living in regions where cost or availability of psychotherapists limits in-person counseling opportunities. This spreadsheet of web-based mental health practitioners is largely based on EA member recommendations. Please note that many are based in the US, and state laws can limit their ability to see clients outside of their state/country. You can check for these limitations in the "Notes" column.

 

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