Mental Health Resource Directory

Mental health resource directory from Mental Health @ home

There are a huge number of mental health resources available online whether you’re looking for websites or apps.  Many of them are free, and many of them are high quality, but sometimes the biggest challenge can be finding what’s most useful and relevant to you. This mental health resource directory pulls together some of the best that I’ve come across.  Please let me know what your favourites are, and what I should add to the list.

You might also find the following resources on MH@H helpful:

Therapy-based self-help section of the mental heatlh resource directory

Visit the COVID-19/mental health coping toolkit for lots of self-help resources, including workbooks & worksheets based on CBT, DBT, and more.

Suicide crisis resources – reach out

For suicide prevention resources, visit the Straight Talk on Suicide & Mental Illness page.

Mental Health Websites

  • Healthy Place: has a broad range of mental health info; founded by mental health advocate Natasha Tracy
  • HelpGuide: an ad-free site operated by a non-profit organization dedicated to a woman who lost her life by suicide
  • Here to Help [Canada]: mental health info, workbooks, wellness modules, and family resource, as well as a toolkit on dealing with psychosis
  • PositivePsychology.com: info on a variety of mental illnesses and psychology topics, as well as therapy-related resources
  • Psych Central: covers a broad spectrum of mental health and psychology topics
  • PsychReg: has articles on mental health by professionals as well as personal mental health stories
  • SANE [UK]: info on a wide range of conditions
  • The Mighty: an online community for people with mental illness and other chronic illnesses

Medications

  • Epocrates: this app is targeted at health professionals, so it uses technical terminology, but it’s an information goldmine
  • Medline Plus: operated by the National Library of Medicine
  • NAMI mental health medication info and tips on getting help paying for medications (in the U.S.)
  • National Institute of Mental Health Mental health medications booklet (this is from 2008, but it still gives a good overview)
  • RxList.com: gives details on how often side effects occur with drug vs. placebo

Professional/Government Sites

A quick note about WebMD—they’re not as authoritative as they might seem to be, and there are other sources that will give you a clearer picture when it comes to mental illness.

Specific Disorders

Anxiety, Depression, & Bipolar
Self-Harm/Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Substance Use Disorders
  • Recover Together by Google: a substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery resource
  • SMART recovery: mutual support based on rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT)
Trauma-Related Disorders

Clinical Trials

Research findings drive innovation and evidence-based practice. If you’re interested in being a participant in clinical trials, you can find available opportunities here:


Mental health apps, part of the mental health resource directory

These mental health apps are either free or have a substantial amount of free content in addition to premium content.  They’re available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play unless otherwise specified.

ACT Coach app logo

ACT Coach: acceptance and commitment therapy-based info & tools; part of the Veterans Administration coach tools

Calm in the Storm app logo

Calm in the Storm (App Store): stress management & safety plan tools

CBT-i Coach app logo

CBT-i Coach: CBT for insomnia tools (Insomnia Coach app also available)

Clear Fear app logo

Clear Fear: anxiety tracker and CBT tools

eMoods tracker logo

eMoods: a mood tracker for bipolar disorder

FearTools app logo

FearTools: CBT tools for managing anxiety

Health Storylines app logo

Health Storylines: track moods, symptoms, and meds

Me vs. PMDD app logo

Me v. PMDD: track PMDD symptoms

Mindshift app logo

MindShift: CBT thought tools, relaxation strategies, and coping activities

Moodfit app logo

Moodfit: mindfulness, breathing exercises, factor tracking (e.g. mood, sleep)

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Moodtools: a CBT app for depression

nOCD app logo

nOCD: (App Store): self-help for OCD based on exposure and response prevention

PTSD Coach app logo

PTSD Coach: tools for managing PTSD symptoms

Remente app icon

Remente: goal setting, balancing different life areas, mood tracking

Rootd app logo

Rootd: panic attack and anxiety management

Sanvello app logo

Sanvello: mood tracking, CBT tools, guided meditations

Therachat app icon

Therachat: tracking tools and journalling

Up app icon

Up! (Google Play): bipolar mood tracker

Woebot app icon

Woebot: a chatbot that helps with mood tracking and CBTexercises

ACT Companion app logo

ACT Companion: acceptance and commitment therapy app to accompany Russ Harris’s book The Happiness Trap

Calm Harm app logo

Calm Harm: 5-15 minute strategies to help ride out self-harm urges

Catch-it app logo

Catch It: mood tracking app from the NHS

Daylio app logo

Daylio: mood and habit tracker, with room for diary entries

Done app logo

Done: A Simple Habit Tracker (App Store): monitor healthy habits

Happify app logo

Happify: build skills along chosen wellness tracks

InnerHour app logo

InnerHour: self-help for anxiety & depression

Moodnotes app logo

Moodnotes: track your mood and the factors that influence it

PHQ-9 app logo

PHQ-9: track your depression symptoms using the PHQ-9 test

Pixels app logo

Pixels (Google Play): track thoughts & emotions to see patterns

Quirk app logo

Quirk: CBT tool to examine thoughts and identify cognitive distortions

Recovery Record app logo

Recovery Record: Eating Disorder Management has food logs, meal planning, and coping skills

Samaritans self-help app logo

Samaritans Self-Help app: track mood and manage emotional health

SAM app lpogo

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM): tracking tools, anxiety coping strategies

TruReach app logo

TruReach: CBT audio lessons

What's Up app logo

What’s up – A Mental Health App: info, tracking tools, coping strategies

Youper app logo

Youper: an “emotional health assistant” using AI technology


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Meditation & Mindfulness Resources


Wellness resources
  • Action For Happiness: Ten Keys For Happier Living guidebook and monthly calendars suggesting wellness-promoting activities for each day of the month
  • Greater Good Magazine: this site from UC Berkeley has a variety of articles and quizzes related to different aspects of wellbeing
  • Here to Help: this Canadian site has a variety of wellness modules
  • Passion Planner: downloadable journal pages
  • Recovery College from Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary: offers free courses led by peer support workers on a variety of topics related to recovery

Exercise your brain, part of the COVID-19/mental health coping toolkit

Learning new things gives you something purposeful to do, but it’s also the mental equivalent of physical exercise, helping your brain to build new neural connections. Neuroplasticity is a wonderful thing.

TED Talks are a great way to learn new things. For mental health talks, you can check out my picks on the topics of depression & suicide, stigma, trauma, mental illness, and mental wellbeing.

Online courses

Public libraries sometimes offer access to free learning programs, so have a look to see what yours has to offer.


Brain training apps

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