We’re living in stressful times, no matter who or where you are. We’ve all been economically, emotionally and socially affected by the state of the world today. If you have a mental illness or struggle with other issues as well, this can feel even heavier. I wanted to compile a list of totally free mental health resources that can help when things get tough. I’ve separated them by category, but you may want to check out others as well, as the websites I’ve listed are truly amazing.
Aunt Bertha is an amazing resource for pretty much anything you can think of. You pop in your zip code, and it pulls up free resources for everything from therapy, addiction therapy to food, housing, and so much more. They do amazing things and I would highly recommend this one.
The Crisis Text Line provides 24/7 text support from trained volunteer Crisis Counselors to anyone in need of someone to talk to. They are amazing when you really need someone to vent to and are always there. Their staff are kind, caring, empathetic and fantastic listeners. You can reach them in the US by texting 741-741. I also love them because they are always available.
SupportGroups.com is great because they truly have something for everyone. If you check it out you’ll see exactly what I mean. They have a safe space for people struggling with many different areas of life to connect with other people like them, share their stories, and talk about their good and bad days. Most of the other issues I’ll mention in this article also have a group on this site.
The Psych Central Forums have something for absolutely everyone there. They have online forums for such a wide range of mental health issues. They also have other forums relating to physical health, chronic pain, and parenting among many others. I’d highly recommend checking them out.
Sexual Abuse Survivors
RAINN, or Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, provides support to victims of sexual abuse. They have been in operation for 25 years, and have many partnerships with smaller, local organizations to provide support. They also have a very secure Hotline, which you can reach by phone or text message.
1in6 is a Non Profit Organization dedicated to helping men who have been victims of sexual abuse. Their name represents the sad fact that 1 in 6 men have been victims of sexual abuse. They have weekly chat support groups, as well as a 24/7 Helpline Chat available.
7 Cups of Tea is a free chat service from trained volunteers that are there to listen. They also have professional therapists available for a charge.
There are some great resources for depression on this page. Their website as whole can be super helpful in dealing with many mental health issues as well.
As I listed above for depression, mind.org.uk also has many great resources for coping with anxiety as well as ways to seek treatment.
Available on the App Store. Oak is a meditation and breathing exercise app that I personally use when I’m feeling stressed out or anxious, and it’s truly been very helpful. Sometimes taking some deep breaths, with practice, can help you collect your thoughts and feel okay again. I’d particular recommend the “Deep Calm” breathing exercise for anxiety. You also collect little medals for every certain amount of sessions you complete, which I think is a good way to keep you motivated to keep practicing.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD Coach (App)
Available on the App Store and Google Play. PTSD Coach is an invaluable tool for people struggling with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The app includes many coping skills you can use and try, as well a Progress Assessment to track your symptoms and progress over time.
DrugFree.org has tons of resources, with a big focus on addiction of children and how addiction affects a family as a whole.
Smart Recovery is a science based approach to addiction recovery that many people have had success with. On their website you can find meetings near you, learn more about their organization, access worksheets and interactive tools, and look for online meetings as well.
Alcoholics Anonymous has been in operation since 1935, helping people beat Alcoholism. On their website, you can put in your zip code and find local AA meetings near you, as well as read Daily Reflections.
Al-Anon is different than Alcoholics Anonymous in that they provide support for those affected by a loved one with an alcohol addiction. They provide services to spouses, children and family members of those battling alcoholism.
Adult Children is a bit similar to Al-Anon, but geared more specifically to adult children of alcoholics. On their website they have articles you can read through that I found to be very informative, search for in person and online meetings alike, subscribe to their email list. Truly, I was very impressed by the amount of information that was available on this site, I think they’re awesome.
SAMHSA, or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has a list on their website of specialized programs, hotlines among others.
Live Your Dream provides resources such as a 24/7 hotline, tips on making a safety plan, information about child custody, help finding free or low cost legal assistance and much more.
This website is great because it provides a chat service, which may be preferable for you if you’re in a position where you’d rather chat than talk on the phone. This chat also has an amazing feature called “Quick Exit”, which when clicked, will immediately bring you to weather.com.
DBSA offers help to those suffering with Depression and/or Bipolar Disorder. They have many online support groups, and it’s tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re a veteran, young adult, female minority, or friends/family of someone suffering with these conditions.
This website really impressed me with all they have to offer. They have online tools to help you cope with symptoms, meditations that may help, and tons of information for people who are newly diagnosed trying to navigate their way through the many aspects of their life while struggling. They also have a lot of helpful and informative videos to watch.
This website offers online support groups for not just Anorexia Nervosa, but many associated disorders. They have separate groups for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder among others. They also break it down into specialized groups, so if you’re a student, a person of color, a minor, or a loved one of someone suffering, there is something for people like you dealing with the same issues. They also offer a Recovery Mentor program, but due to a large demand isn’t available at this time. They will be reopening the program as soon as they’re able to.
Rise Up & Recover (App)
Available on App Store & Google Play. This app, made by Recovery Warriors, is a fantastic resource and meal tracker. It has you log your meals, how you’re feeling, and your thoughts at the time. It also can help you connect with a trained professional if you’re interested.
I was surprised at the amount of resources and information here. They have discussion forums for those living with schizophrenia, friends and family and caregivers. They also have lists of Treatments, Recovery Tips, First Aid For Psychosis, and how to manage symptoms. They also have a free newsletter you can subscribe to.
There are tips here that focus on so many aspects of living with Schizophrenia. From coping with voices, negative symptoms, paranoia, and how to navigate and manage your life while battling these. This website is super informative and very comprehensive.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psych Central’s forum for OCD and Trichotillomania currently has over 2,000 threads of people talking about ways to cope with the issues they face in their day to day lives. It’s an amazing place to find that, even when you feel like you are, you aren’t alone in this.
Anxieties.com was developed by two PhDs who also authored books on fighting OCD. Their website has self tests, help with anxiety and panic attacks, and information about specific phobias, as well as educational videos.
My greatest hope is that someone out there suffering with their mental health right now may find one of these resources helpful in their time of need. We’re all affected by the state of the world right now, and some of us have lost therapy, or support groups, or other options that may have helped us before.
If you’d like to add anything to this page, or have any resources that have helped you personally, I would love if you’d be able to comment them or message them to me so that they might be able to help someone else as well.