Pro Bono Mental Health Services – Your help needed.

‘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.

Many thanks.


12 comments on “Pro Bono Mental Health Services – Your help needed.

  1. In New Zealand there are free services provided by church groups mainly, the likes of Catholic Social Services, Presbyterian Support and the Anglican City Missions. Aside from that we have a free clinic here in Christchurch offering all types of free health related services to youth, including MH services. It’s only just re-opened last week after the quakes so I’m not exactly sure what it includes but here is a site with some detail. http://thepulse.org.nz/Me/My-Body/My-Health/HealthServices/

    • Hi Cate,

      That is very interesting to know thank you 🙂 It is very encouraging to see that they are available.

      I for one will certaily be looking at the site you linked to.

      Kind Regards and God Bless you.

      • The thing that sticks in my mind though is the thought that maybe the quality of the service isn’t as high as you’d get if you went to a paying service. I’m not sure if that is true or just how it appears. But then hopefully something is better than nothing.

  2. Doesn’t the charity MIND offer some free mental health services? xx

    • Hey Bourbon 🙂

      Yes the charity MIND was one of the one which I was thinking of especially in respect of the UK. But I am not aware whereas they opporate.

      So yes MIND certainly would qualify as one to be aware of.

      Hope you are well.
      Kind Regards and God bless you

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