When you have poor or no health insurance, you might prioritize other issues over mental health care. This could mean ignoring undiagnosed issues or skipping treatment you know you need.  Even if you don’t suffer from mental health issues, you might neglect your need for support through a major life event when you see the cost of therapy. As with any physical ailment, not seeking mental health care could be detrimental to your health in the long term. 8 Ways to Find Free or Low-Cost Mental Health Services Instead of forgoing care or winding up in debt over medical bills, try these options to findRead More →

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. Oliver Roeder is out, so the politics intern, Erin Doherty, is back with the digits. $1.82 million Three original videotapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing sold for $1.82 million in an auction this weekend. The videos, which have not been edited or modified since they were filmed 50 years ago, sold for more than 8,000 times what a NASA intern paid for them in 1976 at a government surplus auction. [CNN] 300 feet deep A missing American World War II warship has been found 5 miles off the coast ofRead More →

Remember when a smartphone was a totally new concept? Chances are, you do. After all, it was only about a decade ago that the very first iPhone was released. Of course, you wouldn’t know that from the way our devices have weasled their way into every single aspect of our lives. These days, some of the hottest technological advances are all about finding ways to offer fewer features, a la the Light Phone… or ditching our smartphones entirely in favor of a good ‘ol low-tech Nokia. So You Want to Be Smartphone-Free? Getting out of the smartphone game is usually parsed as a way toRead More →

Embed Code <iframe frameborder=”0″ width=”100%” height=”180″ style=”margin:20px auto 25px;max-width:600px;” scrolling=”no” src=”https://fivethirtyeight.com/player/politics/27217506/”></iframe> Pennsylvania arguably tied Wisconsin as the tipping point state in 2016, according to FiveThirtyEight’s tipping-point calculation. And in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, both parties are already taking the Keystone State seriously. President Trump held a rally there earlier this year, and former Vice President Joe Biden has headquartered his campaign in Philadelphia. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew heads to Philadelphia to explore how politics in the state have evolved since 2016 and what the math looks like for both parties in 2020. FiveThirtyEight On The RoadRead More →

A letter bearing the seal of the Social Security Administration arrived toward the end of spring. James was afraid to open it. A 34-year-old with cerebral palsy, he depends on Social Security disability benefits for the majority of his income. The benefits cover his rent and bills each month. But it’s not enough to live on, so he supplements it with side gigs like DoorDash, Instacart and other delivery apps.  It’s a difficult, frustrating balancing act, trying to work enough to maintain independence — but not so much that his benefits are cut off. It’s also suffused with fear. James talked to The Penny HoarderRead More →

Poor, hungry college student. Many of us have been there. It’s kind of funny how normal that seems to us, the fact that young adults are going to school and living on minimal income or savings. In reality, that’s the way it’s going to be. College costs a lot of money, and young people usually don’t have a lot of money. Many college students struggle to live within their means. This can lead to even more debt on top of student loans or students depriving themselves of necessary items. Luckily, there are some ways to help you live within your means. Rent Rent is somethingRead More →