Free/Cheap psychiatric care in the Boston area?
January 27, 2011 7:38 AM Subscribe
TL;DR My boyfriend has asked for psychiatric help, but he is unemployed and uninsured. I don't know where to look or where to start.
posted by lisawin to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
Allow me to introduce myself: I am the girlfriend of a wonderful, caring, funny, genuine, incredible human being. He also suffers from crippling depression and anxiety.
Some background: He was physically and verbally abused as a child. He has gone to (psychologists/psychiatrists) before, but I'm not sure for how long and how many separate occassions. (I'm also not sure which he's gone to.) He's tried medication several times, but to no avail. I'm not sure how frequently it happens (I just learned about it tonight), but he has also been hearing voices for a few years, too. He has attempted or seriously considered suicide in the past (years before I met him), and has also physically harmed himself. I think he still considers it on a regular basis. He is convinced that everyone (his friends, family, my roommates) hates him.
The problem: After a long, difficult night and morning, he told me tonight that he wants to try again. His exact words were that he wants to go to a hospital. I'm not sure exactly what he's looking for, but I think it's a bit more intense than going to therapy for an hour once a week. All of this is fine and great, except he is unemployed and has no insurance.
Which brings me to...
The question: How can I find help for him? What resources are available? What are the first/next steps? I've been googling all morning and I can't seem to figure out what to do. Everything seems to lead to a hotline, but I'm not sure that's the best way to start. Also, we are in Massachusetts, about 35 minutes from Boston.
I know I could probably figure this out on my own, but I'm beginning to feel overwhelmed. I don't know what his options are. Thank you in advance for any support, advice or information you can offer.