The year of 2018 was massive in terms of advocating for mental health support in the world of pop culture. Radio host, Charlamagne Tha God, published his second book, Mind Playing Tricks On Me, which discusses anxiety and therapy. In addition, Actress Taraji P. Henson created her own mental health organization and Isaiah Rashad has opened up further about his battle with depression. Heading into the thick of 2019, entertainers intend to be even better in terms of advocating for mental health. Earlier this month, Big Boi starred in his own mental health PSA and Lil’ Yacthy has also been vocal in advocating for those looking to better their mental health. Further into the new year, one can expect the trend to continue. Continuing these efforts, here are four online resources that fans, media types, and everyday people alike can look to in order to maintain their own mental health.
Better Help is the future of mental health service in the technological age. As described by Better Help, the platform is dedicated to “making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient.” After answering a few short questions, Better Help connects you with a therapist and allows you to message them anytime, anywhere. Visit their official website for more information.
Founded in 2012, Talkspace provides a platform for everyday people to access licensed mental health professionals at the click of a button. With this platform, “anyone can get therapy without traveling to an office – and for significantly less money than traditional therapy.” Better yet, Talkspace has a sub-platform that is geared towards teenagers dealing with mental health issues. The platform allows young people the opportunity to speak with licensed medical professionals at any time.
If you’re overseas and are looking for an on-the-go medical health alternative, Headspace may be a good option. The London based platform offers a number of mental health services and meditation options for those who are interested. Better yet, the platform currently offers an affordable student plan for the price of $9.99 per year. Compared to a number of other services, the price and platform is nearly unmatched.
CPT Coach is a specialized platform for those suffering with PTSD by veterans. Created by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, “CPT Coach is for those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who are participating in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with a professional mental healthcare provider.” Furthermore, “CPT Coach is not intended to be used as self-help without the guidance of a professional mental healthcare provider.” All you need to do to use the platform is visit the Google Play or Apple Store and download the app. Best of all, it’s free to download and does not affect your medical insurance.
For more information on the wide variety of mental health apps currently available to the general public, please refer to the American Depression and Anxiety Association’s guide to mental health apps by clicking here.