We're currently living in stressful times, and by now it's becoming clear just how much this time has affected the mental health of friends, family, our community, and ourselves. Often professional help is not an immediate option so we've compiled a list of free resources to help with mental health from home. Although these resources do not replace therapy or other professional help, they can help alleviate the mental tolls this pandemic has taken on us.
Historically, mental health fell victim to extreme stigma and taboo, and even to this day, those stigmas remain and lack consolation for those struggling with it daily. We need to address mental health akin to physical health and practice compassion to support all kinds of people, regardless of gender, race, age, etc. By encouraging open expression, we can normalize conversations about mental health and help those that need it. Overcoming poor mental health is an unseen battle, and if left alone, its results could manifest into behaviors that negatively affect daily functioning. We need to emphasize that reaching out for help doesn’t make you weak or fragile; fighting these battles takes the greatest strength, and people don’t have to do it alone.
We need to emphasize that reaching out for help doesn’t make you weak or fragile; fighting these battles takes the greatest strength, and people don’t have to do it alone.
Resources include online chat rooms, support groups, free therapy resources, and so on. Additional website links provide general mental health information and strategies that can help calm one’s mind. All of which are available in different languages. Check it out below.
Wellbeing Tips from the Best Start Central Long Beach social worker, Alma Membreno.
Wellbeing Tips en Español.
More general websites for mental health:
Health Translations - General website with a variety of mental health topics available in different languages!
Calming chats & online therapy
Relaxing visuals & interactive art
These websites can be helpful for both adults and children
A Soft Murmur (app too)
LiveCam - Live-streams, mostly of animals
Breathe2Relax (Reminders to breathe)
MoodTools (Mental health assistance)
Breeze (Diary for your mental health)
This is sand (art-style app for calming)