I need help getting help.

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Hi, My name is Blue. I've been desperately searching for forums that can maybe help me, so here it goes.

I'm 16 years old, I live is California in the US, and I have a number of mental health issues, including being very depressed, undiagnosed anxiety, possibly panic disorder, dermatillomania, trichotillomania, and suicidal thoughts. 

My parents are lower class and very unsupportive. I have told them that I am very depressed and want to seek help but they laughed at me and told me that my mental health doesn't matter. 

I live with them, and I am not covered under their health insurance. I am uninsured. I do not drive. I live in a very small town without a hospital or any mental health facilities available. 

SO here's where I'm hoping I can get help. I need to either find a way to get myself insured, or find a way that I can recive help without having to pay exteme costs for it. My parents are unsuportive as it is, so having them need to pay for anything will only make my situation worse. I realize that I have the ability to call CPS and get away from them but that isn't what I want, I just want to feel okay. I am having constant suicidal thoughts, I can never think straight anymore, and my brain is always clouded with my depression just pulling me lower and lower into a pit I feel like I can't get out of. I really need help, and nobody will help me get help. Somebody, anybody, please help me figure out what to do. I have looked into insuring myself, but as far as I have found out, unless I live on my own, my parents have to be the ones to insure me. California's health system is very confusing for a 16 year old, so somebody who understands, please help me figure this out. Thank you so much for your time 

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    Talk with a school counselor to see about mental health services. At your age, it could be free. Or call the police and ask them to take you to a nearby hospital
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    hi, i am really sorry your parents are not understanding any of this. I am in america but family is from eastern europe and they all think this sort of thing is ridiculous.

    i would see a school counselor like michelle said, but u can also call between the hours of  10pm and -6am this hotline number. i am going to write it out  cuz otherwise it might not post. eight five five   nine five two  nine two seven six

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    I'm sure you can call a nearby hospital or urgent care or walk in clinic tell them what your self diagnosis is and that you are under age and need parents permission to be prescribed medication. Your parents are working class poor and probably can get insurance for you through public assistance

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    Blue I had the same problem as a teen and that was over 40 yrs. ago. You have to find help. Now in schools they have more help and you need to find a counselor, nurse or what your school provides. Don't talk to classmates for help go to a adult and stress the urgency for help. If this doesn't help find a teacher with the reputation for being understanding and kind. If you tell a police officer you feel suicidal, they have to help you. Being where you are now when I was your age I can't stress how important getting help is for now and your future. Regardless of how bad things are now believe me it will get better. Please try to put away the suicidal thoughts and dive into things that calm you. I know this is easy for me to say and hard for you to do but I found music helped me to get away for awhile. I still go to music for a pick me up. Don't give up looking for help, someone will help out of the ones I named. If you find no help call a psychatrist office, you can find one in the phonebook. I wish you peace and help soon. Please let me know how you are and if you do gt help. I care very much. Barbara

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    I don't know California systems but in Michigan we have community mental health agencies that have crisis lines you can call when you need. It may be a good thing because they work with Medicaid and if you are under 18 you may be able to be covered at no cost to you.

    Additionally, speaking with your school counselor is a good idea. Please don't stop trying to find help.

    B

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    I have no experience with American healthcare system, but regarding medicines, you should be able to get St. John's Wort from a pharmacy without prescription. The initial dosage is 300 mg (0.3% extract) 3 times per day. Although it is a herbal medicine, it contains an ingredient that acts as an antidepresant. It should help you feel better until you're able to see a specialist.

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