France to Offer Free Therapy and Tackle Mental Health Crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sept. 28, 2021, that French citizens will be able to access these free therapy sessions starting in 2022. The French government will cover the cost of therapy sessions for any of its citizens aged three and older.  Macron stated in a conference for psychology professionals that “Mental health is a major issue that is insufficiently addressed in our country”. Free therapy for French citizens is part of a broader initiative to address mental health concerns and a “historic demand” for therapy.

Studies have shown that France coped very badly during the Covid-19 pandemic with 10% of people (double the usual amount pre-pandemic) having suicidal thoughts.

Mental health issues are on the rise worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health conditions are increasing worldwide and there has been a 13% rise in mental health conditions. Despite these figures, the global median of government health expenditure that goes to mental health is less than 2%.

Keep in mind: Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. It is an integral part of health.

According to Psychology Today, the cost of mental health services and therapy is the major reason many Americans do not seek help for their mental health issues.

Reasons for US citizens not receiving mental health services.

A 2020 survey has shown that the United States has a growing national mental health crisis with younger generations (Millennials and Gen Z) bearing the brunt of things. Among other things, facilitating access to mental health services during and after the pandemic is essential for the long-term well-being of this generation and society at large