Friends Hospital in Philadelphia is offering free outpatient therapy sessions to people experiencing depression or anxiety because of economic conditions.
Staff at the mental health facility say they are seeing more people come in with symptoms of clinical depression after losing their jobs or homes.
Friends Hospital’s Dr. Audrey Townsel helped to develop the program, and says the sessions are short-term and meant to connect people to other resources:
“we’ll be doing some psycho-education, coping skills training, if medication is needed or if there is a severity in the symptoms that we feel that acute services or acute inpatient services are needed we’ll definitely make a referral to those services.”
The free therapy sessions will go through the end of February.