Hiring a Therapist
When searching for therapists in your area, you have three potential sources for referrals. First, your family doctor will have a shortlist of therapists for referrals. Second, family, friends, and colleagues are excellent sources for referrals. Finally, a simple Google search will likely uncover numerous therapists in your area. This process should be no different than hiring a member of your team. Be prepared with a list of questions for your first appointment.
When identifying potential therapists, follow up with a search for patient reviews. When reading the reviews, look for your issues in the testimonials. I have vetted the following review and referral websites
As a result of the COVID pandemic, online therapy has become a go-to resource for relief. Bear in mind that except for Online-Therapy.com, the therapists on the other three sites are not psychiatrists or psychologists and thus are less expensive; look for Cognitive Behavioral Therapists (CBT). All sites have reviews of the therapists associated with the site. When reading the reviews, look for your issues in the testimonials.
Headspace is the leader in offering online therapy benefits for organizations of all sizes.
Podcasts are a significant source of information for many mental health issues. Steadily increasing in numbers, there are excellent podcasts dealing with mental illness, specifically depression. Most relate stories and provide eyewitness accounts of the feelings and experiences of those struggling with depression. For those that struggle in silence, podcasts are an excellent way to feel that you are not alone. A comprehensive in-house mental wellness program should include promoting the advantages of listening to podcasts.
The following are podcasts that I believe are worth your while to consider subscribing to personally and to include in organizational webpages and portals.
The following are well-reviewed books on mental illness. Many of these books were utilized for research for the book: Crazy, Who Me? and the workshop, The Unspoken Impact of Mental Illness on the Bottom Line
An Unquiet Mind
The Power of NOW
THE POWER OF THE HEART
Wired to Care
Anatomy of an Epidemic
You Are the PLACEBO
Mental Health Advocacy
The following online resources have been curated to explain and deal with mental illness in simple, straightforward, and non-clinical language—excellent resources to populate your organization’s mental wellness webpage or portal.