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Self Care (Mental health, Exercise, Crisis hotlines, Tool kits, online therapy, etc.)

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

The rapidly changing news, fear of illness, and the impacts of social distancing are likely to have mental health impacts on everyone, especially within households who are already living with mental illness. It is important to check in with yourself and your loved ones, take breaks when you need it, and seek help.

If you need help getting your medical prescriptions, that information is under the Healthcare section.

Self-Care Kits and Mindfulness Apps

The JED Foundation COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE verified August 24, 2020 JED exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. They have created a Mental Health Resource Center to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges. It also has information for family members and friends on how to support the teens and young adults in your life.

All Mental Health Coronavirus Online App verified August 24, 2020 Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed during this time of uncertainty? You’re not alone. Understanding your emotions is vital to your well-being. Use this online app to help cope with your emotions during this difficult time.

Active Minds Resources for students verified August 24, 2020 Active minds combats the stigma of mental illness and encourages students who need help to seek it. They have opened their National Chapter Network resources to young adults to learn how to be there for their peers in these difficult transitions and new remote learning situations.

Anxiety Tool Kit verified March 23, 2020 We love this anxiety tool kit created by Shine. It’s specifically catered towards the coronavirus situation. It includes loads of links to resources, a daily mantra, and a daily meditation.

Libby App verified April 21, 2020 You can borrow and read E-books and audio books from your local library for free. Pro Tip: You can have a ton of devices use the same library card, so you can share library cards with friends and make a mini virtual book club!

Bookclubz verified June 2, 2020 An online management tool to help book clubs stay organized so that they can stay together.

Crisis hotlines

If you need immediate help, please reach out.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. You can call or chat with them via their webpage. They have COVID-19 specific resources here. Available in Spanish - 1-888-628-9454 Available for the deaf and hard of hearing - 1-800-799-4889

Crisis Text Line The Crisis Text Line connects you with a Crisis Counselor 24/7 for free. This is a real human who has been trained to help you during any crisis from anxiety and depression to loneliness and handling school. Test HOME to 741741 from anywhere within the US. It’s free and confidential They have COVID-19 specific resources here.

National Domestic Violence Hotline National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to find safety and live free of abuse. The national call center refers to local resources, 160+ languages are available, and no caller ID used. You can call or chat with them via their webpage. Available in Spanish and 160 other languages - 1-800-799-7233

The Trevor Project - 1- 866- 488-7386

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline - 1-888-843-4564

The LGBT National Youth Talkline (Serving youth through age 25) - 1-800- 246-7743

National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673

Online therapy resources and support

Your college may already be partnered with a teletherapy platform and can provide you a discount. Be sure to look on their student resources or wellness pages to see if they are providing anything.

If you already see a therapist or have seen one in the past who you’ve found helpful, be sure to reach out. Many therapists set up their own teletherapy options.

Inclusive Therapists - Paid verified June 2, 2020 Inclusive Therapists helps you connect with a therapist who understands all aspects of your identity. If you’ve ever worried that a therapist won’t understand your racial, gender, or disability identity, or the intersection of them, they can help. You can find a therapist offering teletherapy or in your area. Cost depends on the therapist. There is an easily available search for therapists offering pricing discounts or sliding scales.

Betterhelp - Paid verified March 20th, 2020 Betterhelp is a teletherapy platform. They connect you with a therapist and you can talk over text, webchat, phone, or video. You can change therapists whenever you like. Plans start at $40/week

Talkspace - Paid verified June 12 2020 Talkspace is a teletherapy platform. They combine texting with therapists using scheduled video calls. You are matched with a single therapist but can request to change at any time. Plans start at $65/week - current coupon for $65 off with code APPLY65

Headspace - Student discount (paid w/ free trial) verified March 20th, 2020 Headspace is an app that helps people learn how to meditate and practice it frequently. You can try it for free for 2 weeks. They’re also offering a free course for COVID-19 stress. Regular pricing is $12.99/m or $69.99/yr Student pricing is $9.99/yr as a qualified student

Woebot - Free verified March 20th, 2020 Woebot is a free app (iOS and Android) built by Stanford psychologists to provide an accessible mental health option. It provides anxiety, depression, and mindfulness tools. You are not talking to a human when you text with Woebot. Get the app here or search for Woebot in the App / Google Play store

HearMe.App-Free verified June 2, 2020 Anonymously connect with an empathetic HearMe Listener in under a minute, 24 hours a day - for free.

Unity Recovery - Digital recovery meetings verified April 21, 2020 Unity Recovery offers free online recovery support groups which are available five times a day and open to everyone.

Be Who You Are - Self-Care Courses verified April 23, 2020 Be Who You Are is a self-study program that is currently offers free self-guided courses to take advantage of. You can work on your daily lessons on a phone or mobile device at any time that works for you.

Therapy For Black Girls verified June 12, 2020 TFBG is a podcast, community, and therapist directory started by Joy Harden Bradford, a black psychologist, who hoped to bridge the gap between black women and therapy. Find a culturally informed therapist while discussing mental health issues that are often unique to black women.

Therapy For Black Men verified June 12, 2020 A directory to help black men find a therapist who is informed about the unique mental health issues that black men face. Using the directory, men can search by therapist location, specialization, and many other criteria.

Granite Recovery Centers Tips on coping and managing with anxiety during COVID-19.

Keeping social with physical distancing

We all need social interaction, even if we’re unable to be physical with one another. Try to prioritize video calling with friends and family and finding ways to still be social without endangering yourself or others. This is especially important if you live alone.


Keeping moving can help with feelings of isolation. Lots of places are compiling free online yoga and other free workouts that can be done at home. Here are some quick links we’ve found:

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