Are there any online resources for therapy/support groups or mental health apps?
Online therapy is becoming increasingly popular as an affordable alternative to treatment – providing options that range from online chats with actual therapists and/or “bots,” to free downloadable tools and worksheets and mental health apps. As a result of the pandemic, the use of social distancing to “flatten the curve” has catapulted the use of telehealth, including telemental health. Most providers now offer services via phone or online. Additionally, many in-person support groups now offer virtual support.
Additionally, peer-led, online support and discussion groups offer an accessible option for those who prefer virtual interaction. Online counseling provides more convenience and accessibility than in-person therapy. Similar to seeking an in-person therapist, it can take some trial-and-error to find the right treatment team. We have outlined a few options below for your consideration. Please know that NAMI does not endorse any particular resource provided below.
- 7 Cups provides free emotional support through trained peer-listeners and chat groups. Online professional therapists are also available at cost.
- Doctor on Demand is an online telehealth service including behavioral health treatment. (Individuals should verify participation in their health plan.)
- The ADAA Online Therapy (Telemental Health) Provider Directory is a service of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It provides a “Search for an ADAA Member Telemental Health Provider in Your Area” function as well as information on what patients need to know about telehealth technologies for treating anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD, as well as privacy and security concerns.
- e-psychiatry is an online service which provides express online consultations with fee-for-service psychiatrists and therapists by telephone and/or videoconference as well as a “Schedule a Visit” online appointment function. Typically, they will call back the same or the next day to schedule an appointment after receiving an online request for consultation.
- BetterHelp offers individual, family, and child virtual therapy at a lower cost than conventional in-person therapy. Therapists can be accessed via texting, email, phone, or video chat.
- Good RX Care allows you to make an appointment with a doctor who can prescribe anti-depressants & other psychiatric drugs. After a consultation (fee is $100), one can get prescription refills without seeing the doctor.
- LemonAid Health offers online doctor's office & medicine delivery. Connects users with professional help and/or medication for anxiety, depression, and other conditions for a minimum consultation fee of $25.
- PsychCentral's "Ask the Therapist" page allows users to pose a mental health-related question to a public virtual therapist page for response.
- Therapy Aid Coalition is a national network of psychotherapists developed to ensure that those impacted by crises or natural disasters within the U.S. receive quality care and support. Serves essential/ frontline workers as well as those impacted by disasters or crisis by providing free and low cost online therapy.
Online Support Groups
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) offers an anonymous peer-to-peer online and in-person anxiety and depression support groups for individuals and their families to share information and experiences.
- BPD Central is a website that contains information on Borderline Personality Disorder, including help to find online BPD support groups.
- Co-Dependents Anonymous offers a 12-step recovery program for people seeking healthy relationships. Provides face-to-face meetings in the United States and internationally, as well as phone and online meetings and has a “Meeting Locator” function.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides online and in-person, peer-led support groups for people living with depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA support groups serve peers, young adults, and friends and family members.
- Emotions Anonymous is an international fellowship of people who desire to improve their sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in-person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide.
- Ivory Garden is an organization that provides online support groups where those who have experienced trauma can talk openly to help each other understand the ins and outs of living with DID, and act as ears for those who need to talk about what is going on in each other’s daily lives.
- Open to Hope (Grief) offers an online support forum where individuals share their stories and connect to others coping with grief and loss.
- Pro2Pro Listserv is a collaborative mental health initiative from the Saks Institute and the Burton Blatt Institute that provides a free, anonymous online “professional to professional” peer support communication platform where professionals with psychosocial disabilities can give and receive support from their peers.
- Mental Health America maintains a free, online mental health group and discussion community. Discussion topics include mental health concerns, support for family and friends, and coping with mental health stigma.
- Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance (SARDAA) offers conference call groups for individuals and family & friends.
- Support Group Central offers dozens of virtual support groups on various mental health topics. Groups are typically run by mental health professionals from non-profit agencies. Group dates/times vary depending on the topics. Support groups are free or low-cost.
- supportgroups.com maintains a website featuring 200+ online support groups.
- Smart Recovery provides free, peer-led support and chat groups. Conversations are moderated to prevent discrimination or aggression.
- The Tribe Wellness Community has free, online peer support groups offering members a safe place to connect about facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics. Support groups include Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.
Mental Health Apps
- PsyberGuide is a mental health application that reviews mental-health apps and digital tools. Each tool is given scores for credibility, user experience and how transparent the app is about data storage.