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With everything that has gone on in the past year, taking care of your mental health is extremely important to just continue living life. I think this pandemic has taught us that it is okay to not be okay. It is okay to seek help, whatever that may look like.

You need to just sit down and vent to a stranger over the phone? Do it.

Think you need to start working on your past traumas? Go for it!

Reaching out for help is accepted and companies like CVS know this.

CVS recently launched their pilot program that involves in-person therapy sessions in a dozen of their stores. In cities like Houston, Philadelphia, and Tampa, CVS has organized a special section where you can receive mental health counseling with their very own therapists. And this all started because of the pandemic.

The need for therapy increased, but that demand was difficult to manage because (1) there weren’t enough therapists to help and (2) therapy is expensive… really expensive. After realizing that, CVS decided that it was only right to do something to help. Currently, they are consistently working and negotiating with insurance companies to make this possible.

This is a gigantic step forward for those who are needing help with their mental health. CVS is working to close that gap we have seen between the people and therapy. Because let’s be real, the main reason that people don’t go to therapy is because not all therapists accept insurance which means you are paying $150 to $250 out of pocket. And in the middle of a pandemic, that just didn’t seem right. CVS acknowledges that and aren’t making you pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket.

With sessions being easy to book and the price being cut down significantly, CVS is making strides in helping those who need it. They are planning on expanding this program to more of their stores late this year, and if it is successful, you might see a counseling section in your local CVS by next year.

Would you schedule a therapy session with CVS? Let us know in the comments!

This article is originally published on GREY Journal.