I’ve always been an advocate for mental health. And due to our current climate, we’re seeing a huge effect on mental health – even to those who have never suffered before. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to provide some resources to help you know you’re not alone. Whether it’s meditation, talking to someone, or just taking a breath, there are lots of ways to cope during this extremely difficult time.
Keep scrolling to see all the resources available – through apps, hotlines and websites – to help you deal with your mental health.
Featuring tools for meditation, mindfulness, reducing stress, and improving sleep. The app is also available for free for a year to anyone who is unemployed.
Lyf is a social media app where users share highly personal aspects of themselves without the fear of judgment. You can feel free be yourself or write anonymously while receiving support.
An app utilising CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and more.
Text COALITION to Crisis Text Line at 741741
The Human Rights Campaign compiled some resources that LGBTQ youth and their parents/guardians can access online or by phone.
Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.
A national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.
Dial 877-565-8860 for US and 877-330-6366 for Canada. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.
Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis. The lines are typically free, confidential peer-support services staffed by those who have experienced mental health conditions themselves.
Resources for anxiety and overall mental health specific to COVID-19.
The Smithsonian Institution is offering free 30-minute online meditations four times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. These free sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners, with no previous experience required.
A free emotional health resource to help healthcare heroes fighting COVID-19. Developed by Dr. Deepika Chopra, the site provides holistic and science-based tools that support emotional wellness, aid to decrease stress and promote optimism.
Resources and free support from US mental health providers.