Woman's Post About Mental Health Treatment Costs Goes Viral

by Stephanie

According to the Worldwide Health Organization, there are more than 300 million people worldwide suffering from depression. However, in the United States, mental health treatment options are limited to what your health insurance provider will or will not allow.

So, what do you do when you find yourself in a desperate situation? When you're feeling suicidal or helpless and you need help but you just can't afford it, where do you turn?

Nicole Vlaming found herself in this exact situation. She was suffering from severe depression and experiencing suicidal thoughts. She did what any one of us would - and should - have done in such a situation, she went to the emergency room.

Nicole posted on Facebook, about her trip to the emergency room and the hefty bill she received as a result.

Nicole posted on Facebook, about her trip to the emergency room and the hefty bill she received as a result.
via: Facebook

Nicole spared no details when describing her costly ordeal.

Nicole spared no details when describing her costly ordeal.
via: Facebook

She went on to describe how a three night stay in hospital, with seemingly little care, managed to rack up a bill of almost $10,000.

She went on to describe how a three night stay in hospital, with seemingly little care, managed to rack up a bill of almost $10,000.
via: Facebook

But the charges didn't end there.

But the charges didn't end there.
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The worst part? Nicole's employer sponsored health insurance didn't cover mental health care at all.

Not only did Nicole go through a horrible time emotionally, she was also left with a bill for over $12,000.

The worst part? Nicole's employer sponsored health insurance didn't cover mental health care at all.
via: Facebook

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