In several threads recently, people who are obviously in need of professional help for mental illness have mentioned cost as a reason for not obtaining this help. Out of curiosity, and to help all those who need it, I thought it would be great to have a thread where we can discuss low-cost access to mental health professionals. What country do you live in, and what is help is available in your area? In Australia, if you have a mental illness, Medicare covers 12 free visits per year to psychologists and/or social workers. In addition to this, people with a mental health condition are entitled to 12 free group sessions per year. Most universities also offer free counselling for students.