March 30, 2020
Online Support Options
Finding Virtual Support in Uncertain Times
In addition to limiting face-to-face contact with family, friends, and other support persons, the current COVID-19 epidemic and containment measures have led to the cancellation of in-person support groups. During this time of uncertainty, maintaining a level of social connectedness is critically important. Thankfully, there are many online peer support communities to turn to, including the following:
7 Cups: www.7cups.com
Free online text chat with a trained listener for emotional support and counseling. Also offers fee-for-service online therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Service/website also offered in Spanish.
Offers a free peer-to-peer online support community for those struggling with a wide range of mental health issues – large and small. Chat in real time with others from around the world
Emotions Anonymous: www.emotionsanonymous.org
An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. Link to a variety of free phone/computer-based meetings: https://emotionsanonymous.org/what-we-offer/find-a-meeting/phone-and-internet-meetings.html
For Like Minds: www.forlikeminds.com
Online mental health support network that allows for individuals to connect with others who are living with or supporting someone with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and stressful life events.
Support Group Central: www.supportgroupcentral.com
Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions. Free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.
TheTribe Wellness Community: www.support.therapytribe.com
Free, online peer support groups offering members facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics a safe place to connect. Support groups include: Addition, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.
See additional options, as well as other coping strategies HERE.