Mental health care unaffordable for most

Mental health care unaffordable for most

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After a major crisis or traumatic event, we are quick to ask where the therapist was or why someone never sought help. Yet when we look at the cost of accessing that help, we find a hefty barrier between services and those who need them.

Without insurance, therapy can be well over $100 per session out of pocket. Sadly, those dealing with suicidal thoughts or other mental health issues usually do not have their finances on point. Moreover, counseling is needed on an ongoing basis.

The cost becomes extreme but the services are life-saving.

The Community Counseling Center in Wilmington takes a different approach: pay what you can afford.

Services are available on a sliding scale basis meaning your fees are based on your income. Many people pay dramatically less than the standard cost.

Recently the Center received a $30,000 grant from Cape Fear Memorial Foundation along with a $30,000 challenge grant from Live Oak Bank.

They plan to expand their clinical staff to provide more opportunities for care. They are also hosting a fundraiser at their office where sales from potted plants will go to further their efforts.

Currently, their books are full but they are able to get most new patients in within a few weeks.

The nonprofit offers counseling and psychotherapy by licensed professionals. Call 910-452-7370 to make an appointment or visit the website at The Center is located at 4810 Wrightsville Avenue.

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