Mental health: I’m not okay. (Part 1/3)

2020 feels like it’s been ten years long.

So much shit has happened. And now we’re on this lockdown, and it feels like the world is falling apart.

At least, that’s how I felt when I had this panic attack.

People reached out to me, sent hugs and good vibes. Some thanked me for writing the way they felt. And my friend Trina urged me to seek help.

Friends are amazing, especially friends who know when you’re emotionally stretched thin and your nerves are frayed, and said friends will check on you and tell you, go take care of yourself first. But it’s another kind of amazing when the friend who checks on you is a licensed professional who can tell you, with authority, please get help.

(I love you, Trina! You are amazing!)

She referred me to Mindcare Club, which I had heard about before. Like the nerd I am, I made sure to read the FAQ and the services and pricing page.

This isn’t a sponsored post. My friend Trina is the Lead Psych, yes, but I paid for my consultations.

Here’s what intrigued me:

  • MCC provides telemental health services, basically “online therapy as psychological counselling and support over the internet, through e-mails, video conferences, online chat, or phone calls.” (GMA News)
  • Sessions are prepaid, so you don’t have to be afraid of how much it’s going to cost. Upfront you’re told the price, so you don’t have to worry what monumental amount you have to pay after a session.
  • Rates cost from Php 800 to 3,000.
  • You pay online, and it’s so convenient.You can pay via Visa, Mastercard, JCB, PayMaya, GCash, Coins.Ph, 7-Eleven, Cebuana Lhuillier, and M Lhuillier. I used Gcash.
  • You can install the VSee app on your phone or on your laptop, or you can just have your session in your browser.

So I signed up. I filled up a short form about health conditions, medication and surgeries. And I explained that I was seeking help because I had a panic attack.

I made an appointment, and I waited.

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