Learning to cope when mental health care feels out of reach

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Hunting for rocks at the beach seems like a harmless pastime, right? For Katie Prout, it’s been a coping mechanism, a sense of control. But when — at the urging of her partner — she decided it was time to get help with her mental health struggles, she was met with so many obstacles. Her insurance was refused. A therapist ghosted her. It turned out finding medical care for her mind was even harder than finding care for her mind."Even if you’re trying to play the game, you find the game doesn’t want you," says Prout.