‘Pro Bono Publico’. It is, at least in part, a well known phrase. I say in part as it is quite possible that most people would know the phrase to be simply ‘pro bono’.
It’s origin or etymology is from the Latin and means ‘for the public good’ and nowadays it refers to professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service.
Now from my little corner of Ireland I have to admit that my most common knowledge of it is in reference to lawyers and advocates who take up the plight of those who can’t afford to pay for legal representation. But I am sure that is applies to other professions as well and a cursory research does indicate that nowadays it also applies to doctors and nurses, etc.
But does it also apply to mental health services and practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists etc?
Certainly I am aware of some free medical clinics both here in Ireland and in England and in the USA. But what really interests me is whether anyone is aware of any mental health support which is available to those who can’t afford to pay for it.
So if you are aware of any mental health services that are provided free of charge in your area can I ask you to comment sharing your general area and what free mental health services you are aware of.