Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Czech Republic

#LifeInCzechia Moving to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it also brings its own set of challenges. As a foreigner in the Czech Republic, taking care of your mental health becomes crucial for a successful and fulfilling experience. When to see a therapist? Is it paid by the insurance company? Let’s find out in our article!

Don’t be afraid to reach out when you need help!

 

Professional Health

If feelings of distress persist or worsen, it may be time to seek professional help.

When to Seek Professional Help?

Do you…

  • have persistent symptoms for an extended period of time that impact your daily life?
  • have difficulty coping with stress, emotions, or life changes that paralyze you?
  • isolate and withdraw from social activities, experiencing social anxiety, or feeling isolated?

If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s probably time to consult a mental health professional.

 

How to Seek Professional Help?

When looking for a professional, you can choose between public and private mental health professionals. 

Private therapists are fully paid by their clients. For one session you can pay CZK 800 or more depending on the locations and service provided. On the other hand, you have a higher probability of finding an English-speaking specialist and an early appointment.

Public therapists have a contract with a health insurance company and you can get their services with a discount.

A psychologist or a psychiatrist?

Mental Health Care Programme

General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic (VZP ČR) offers a benefit of up to CZK 5,000 as part of the Mental Health Care Programme.

It aims to increase the availability of psychosocial support. The support can be provided in person or online, individually, with the family, or in a group. The benefit is for insured persons of the VZP ČR aged 7 years and older, for up to 10 sessions (the maximum amount of the contribution is CZK 500/1 session) for each calendar year.

 

How to obtain the benefit?

In the list of therapists, find the nearest professional near you. To obtain the benefit, it must be one of the specialists from the list here. The benefit is obtained by filling out an online form in the app Moje VZP. It can be also done in person or by post.

A birth certificate is needed when the application is submitted by the legal representative of a VZP-insured person under the age of 18.

NOTE: make sure each session is recorded in the health insurance company’s system to obtain the benefit

 

In case you’re experiencing serious mental health conditions that require medication, consult a psychiatrist near you. The services of a psychiatrist are covered by health insurance, and there are no fees unless directly stated. 

 

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Monika Tužinská

Hey, my name is Monika. I love exploring the world and learning new languages. I worked in the USA for several months and moved to Brno a year ago, so I know how it feels to live in a different country. Let's discover Czech Republic together.

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