Whether we like it or not, we all have, or will have, mental health issues, be they chronic, acute or mild.
Who of you has never experienced anxiety, depression, low-feelings, etc.? Experiencing these are a part of life. But what matters most is how we handle our mental health issues.
Youth is the most vulnerable time to suffer from anxiety, depression... Since we have a lack of experience in dealing with these health issues, we have a hard time managing and/or coping. We have not yet learned coping mechanisms.
Our working parents are busy with their work-life balance to always notice and/or deal with our emerging problems. The generation gap that exists between our parents and us doesn't help. The good news is that now there are tens of thousands of websites about mental health. These websites may not fully mitigate your problems, but they can become lifesavers when no immediate help is available.
Below we have listed 11 websites which may help people with a variety of issues.
PsychCentral US, Canada (Free)
This is an excellent resource regarding mental health. The first thing to do is to browse their menu options. Their menu list contains all sorts of mental issues you may have at any point in your life. They even have quizzes, such as an autism test, depression test, anxiety test, eating disorder test and many more. None of these are a true replacement for getting a professional opinion, yet these tests are often perfect for students, who don't have much time, or are too shy, to get professional help. PsychCentral provides loads of mental health tips. They have free resources to help with, and possibly solve, your concern(s).
So, it’s exam time and you can’t concentrate on your studies. Is it anxiety? (The obvious choice) Or could it be depression? (Yes, depression can cause problems with focussing) Or could it be something else? Just sit down and take out your smartphone. Try any test that might match your symptoms, in order to find your issue and then know with what you need help.
The goal of PsychCentral is to help connect you with the supports, resources and tools you need to make meaningful changes that can benefit you in life. They have stated that exploring mental health is less about identifying what’s “wrong” and more about fortifying your strengths and deepening your understanding of your innate resilience.
Head to Health Australia (Info available globally)
Head to Health can help you find digital mental health services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organizations.Provided by the Australian Department of Health, Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums, phone services, and a range of digital information resources.
Whether you are trying to improve your sense of wellbeing, looking for help with something that is bothering you, or helping someone you care about—Head to Health is an excellent place to start. Head to Health lists 634 digital mental health resources from Australian Organizations. They each have a specific focus. They provide:
Evidence-based apps and online programs that can help you build personal skills and track progress.
Dedicated online forums and other peer support services where you can talk to people with similar experiences.
Phone, chat, and email services if you're looking for confidential, professional support.
Mental health websites created by trusted organizations that give you detailed information and advice on specific mental health activities
Head Space UK and the world (Free and 'Plus' versions)
After completing his monastic commitment, Andy Puddicombe returned to the UK with the huge-yet-simple goal of teaching meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible. Headspace is the brainchild of Andy’s journey as a monk.
Headspace was officially launched in 2010 as an events company, but attendees wanted to take what they learned home. Andy, his business partner Rich and a small team decided to make Andy’s techniques available online so more people could experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. That blossomed into the Headspace you see today: guided meditations, animations, articles, and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style.
Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. With millions of users in more than 190 countries, I think he's well on the way. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with their free Basics course.
Verywell Mind US, Canada (Parts are free)
Verywell Mind is a section of the well known Verywell group of websites. It is a trusted and compassionate online resource that provides the guidance you need to improve emotional health and find balance. Their library of more than 4,000 pieces of content, created and refined over the past 20+ years, has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts, including experienced doctors, therapists, and social workers and then vetted by board-certified physicians.
It provides you with the resources you need to feel happy and healthy.
The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, is a top 5 health publisher, according to ComScore, a leading internet measurement company, and helps more than 30 million people each month to feel better and be healthier.
Calm Sage US, Canada (subscription fee)
Calm Sage is a growing community working towards changing the way individuals think & act about mental health problems. Managed by the current generation, it’s a dedicated project to help people calm their minds & heal their lives through motivational words, graphics, podcasts, webinars, open-discussions & personal chats.
Here, at Calm Sage, they want you to know You Are Not Alone. They are here to take your mind to a peaceful place, no matter what is happening around you. They offer comprehensive content all devoted to self-improvement, focusing on personal productivity, inspiration, and self-education. They provide their audience with a platform to share real-life struggles & inspiring stories that can be published. The site also provides people with a platform to get connected with people affected by problems like stress, anxiety, trauma, and depression.
7 Cups US, Canada (Part is free)
We live in a world where people can surround us but we still feel lonely, with nobody to turn to when things get rough. Being heard is an integral part of being human. Psychologist Glen Moriarty saw great power in listening, but he knew not everyone had someone to talk to. He started to wonder. "How can I make being heard a reality for everyone?" That's why 7 Cups was born. Thanks to thousands of volunteer listeners stepping up to lend a friendly ear, 7 Cups is happy to say, "We're here for you!"
No matter who you are or what you're going through, this is a place where you'll be heard and cared for. They might be strangers on the surface, but underneath they're just the friends you haven't met yet.
Develop Good Habits (Free articles)
Steve “S.J.” Scott is the face behind the DevelopGoodHabits.com (DGH) website. Like many people, he’s keenly interested in self-improvement.
The problem? He thinks a lot of what passes for personal development these days has very little real-world application. Things like the Law of Attraction, The Secret and the idea that “all I have to do is think positively and everything will be awesome” are limiting our capacity to live better lives. In his opinion, the only way to improve yourself is to set achievable goals and develop daily habits that move you towards these outcomes. And that’s why he started DGH.
Think of the successful people you admire. Odds are they have a set routine that makes them high achievers. They don’t ask “the universe” for a better life – they go out and build one daily. In other words, it’s their habits that separate them from everyone else. He has a simple goal for DGH: You will learn how to build a better life – one habit at a time to improve mental health.
There's something for evryone on this site.
Happiful US (Magazine is global)
Here at Happiful, their mission is to create a healthier, happier, and more sustainable society and challenge mental health stigma. Happiful Magazine was born from the passion of two sisters, Emma and Aimi. They wanted to help people looking for local support for their mental health and wellbeing. So, they founded a Counselling Directory, which connects people to a professional therapist in their area. Since then, they have grown to four more wellness directories: life coaching, hypnotherapy, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
Happiful Magazine was the next step in their mission in sharing the knowledge that help and support can always be found when you need it. They’re dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and support available for the whole of our society. Their values are at the core of everything they write and do.
The Mighty Anyone with an email address (English only)
The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. They have over 2 million registered users and are adding a new one every 20 seconds. Their stories and videos are viewed and shared more than 90 million times a month!
Here, you’ll find a community that 'has your back', no matter what health situation you’re dealing with. You can read how others are dealing with their issues and what it's like to live with mental health issues, chronic illness, rare diseases, cancer and much, much more. People share their personal experiences and they'd love to hear about yours.
Don't omit to check out their archives.
Psychology Today Global articles; American resources
Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody's favorite subject: Ourselves. They've gathered a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists, and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas. They're a live stream of what's happening in 'psychology today.’ Their magazine, first launched in 1967, continues to thrive today.
Psychology Today's directory provides a comprehensive directory of therapists, psychiatrists, and treatment facilities.
Reach Out Australia (self-help, global)
ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia. Their trusted self-help information, peer-support program, and referral tools save lives by helping young people be well and stay well. The data they offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too. They’ve been championing more comprehensive access to mental health support since they launched their online service more than 20 years ago.
Everything ReachOut creates is based on the latest evidence and designed with experts, young people or parents.
Beyond Blue Australia
BeyondBlue is Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organization, focused on supporting people affected by anxiety, depression, and suicide. It works with the community to improve mental health and prevent suicide so that all people in Australia can achieve their best possible mental health. Through their 2020 Strategy, they are working across three strategic priorities. Their priorities are promoting mental health and wellbeing, being a trusted source of information, advice, support, and working together to prevent suicide.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979. What they started has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health.
Today, they are an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
There are countless websites, techniques, apps, and gurus about psychology, psychiatry and well-being. Browsing too many of these and listening to every mental health tip may worsen your condition by taxing your mind. It may backfire on you; therefore, it's best to find which is the most suitable for you. For example, one particular website talks alot about morning meditation. I like mornings more than anything and that website relates to my state of mind, better than other websites do (For me). You may be a procrastinator and one website talks in detail about procrastination. So, you just stick with that specific website.
It’s virtually and practically unrealistic to follow the advice of all of the websites mentioned above, so stick to your kind of website and try to help yourself.
Above all, PRACTICE! If you don’t practice their guidelines and procedures, you won't know if it could actually have helped. You didn't learn addition in one day, so why would you believe you could possibly conquer a more complex mental health issue in less time?