Thanks to the Internet, we have access to more information and tools for improving mental health than ever before - from mobile apps, to online peer-support groups, to educational content.
While online resources aren’t a replacement for therapy, treatment, or professional advice, they can be a valuable addition to your wellness toolkit. Keep reading to explore some of our favorite affordable (many are completely free) digital resources for mental health.
HeyPeers is an online platform that allows individuals to join support discussions with others struggling with similar mental health or emotional challenges. The platform offers free group meetings focused on topics such as depression, anxiety, substance use, chronic illness, and grief. Some meetings are also catered for specific groups, such as Veterans, parents and caregivers, and front-line workers.
In addition to these free support discussions, the platform also offers additional "HeyPeers certified" group meetings for a small fee (around $10 or less), as well as affordable one-on-one coaching sessions (typically around $20).
#2. Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides a wealth of informative articles, self-help tools, and expert-vetted resources aimed at helping individuals better understand and manage their anxiety and depression. Check out their website to search through a nationwide directory of in-person and virtual support groups, browse a collection of free, expert-led webinars (offered both live and on-demand), or find the right therapist for you using their customizable search tool.
#3. The Dinner Party
The Dinner Party is a platform to help individuals grieving the loss of a loved one find support and community by connecting them with others going through a similar loss experience. The platform allows you to join a support group (called a “Table”) and attend virtual Dinner Parties designed to provide a space for sharing, understanding, and mutual support. Joining a Table is free, and the platform also offers a collection of free resources to support individuals navigating grief and loss.
#4. National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Groups
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers free, peer-led support groups designed to provide a space for participants to share their stories and get support and encouragement from others going through similar experiences and struggles. The organization offers two different peer-led programs: NAMI Connection, a weekly support group for people living with mental illness, and NAMI Family Support Groups, designed for families and loved ones of individuals struggling with mental illness. Through their website, you can search for an in-person support group near you, or choose from a long list of virtual groups open to anyone across the US.
Meetup is a vibrant community engagement platform that connects individuals with others who share their interests in their local community. Their website allows you to discover and organize events and meet-ups in your area catered to a wide range of hobbies and passions. Whether you're looking to meet like-minded people, make friends, learn something new, practice a hobby, or get support, Meetup provides a gateway to local events, new connections, and exciting experiences.
#6. Psychedelic Support
Psychedelic Support is an online platform that provides resources, education, and support for individuals curious about psychedelics. The website offers a range of educational materials and both free and paid online courses on psychedelics, harm reduction, and more. You can also explore the platform's community group directory, as well as a directory of therapists specialized in psychedelic-assisted therapy.
re:MIND is a nonprofit organization that offers free support groups for individuals struggling with depression and bipolar disorders, as well as for family members, friends, and loved ones of individuals living with these disorders. Sessions are open to anyone living in Houston and its surrounding counties, and are held both online and in-person at locations throughout the area. For individuals living outside the Houston area, we encourage you to check out the organization’s free educational resources and tools like their printable mood tracker.
#8. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) offers an empowering online platform filled with complementary educational materials, an array of resources, and access to support groups. DBSA’s offerings are designed to empower individuals struggling with depression and bipolar disorder by providing hope, support, and education. Check out the DBSA website to tap into a supportive community and get access to comprehensive resources and tools for guiding and uplifting you on your journey towards improved mental health.
#9. Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifelife is available 24/7, nationwide, providing free, confidential support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress. If you need someone to lean on for emotional support, you can reach out to the lifeline by phone call or text by dialing 988, or through the Lifeline chat on their website. You’ll be connected with a trained crisis counselor who will offer a listening ear, provide compassionate support, and help to connect you with other helpful resources.
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