September is National Suicide Prevention Month; Not only is it critical that there is more awareness surrounding this issue, but it’s important to destigmatize it, along with other mental health issues. There is an especially strong stigma around going to therapy for any reason. This is highlighted by mass media, in television’s portrayal of both those who seek therapy and the television therapists. In light of this, various free and low cost online therapy options and apps have come to the surface over the past few years.
1. Blah Therapy
Blah Therapy has both free and paid resources. Vent and chat with a stranger for free on the app or find a trained therapist to chat with for a low fee. Anonymity and availability 24/7 are two of the top perks to this app.
2. Huddle Care
Huddle is specially designed for those who struggle with anxiety and OCD. Weekly Community Time and Weekly Educational Newsletters are free, while unlimited access to group video chats and one on one video chats are paid via a monthly subscription. “Get Better, Together,” is the goal of the site.
Betterhelp is the world’s largest online therapy resource. The mission is to, “ Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere,”.
Basis Self-Care was created with the stigma surrounding therapy in mind. “At various times, I just found myself down in the dumps or very anxious about the situations I was dealing with,” Chapin, the creator of Basis, told The Mighty. “At the time I didn’t see a therapist about those feelings or those situations.” Basis is marketed not as therapy, but can set you up to video chat with a specialist for $35 per 45 minute session.
5. Call or Chat with Local Resources
In the case of an emergency, or one that could become an emergency call a local hotline. With one search, including your area and mental health hotline, you will get back local numbers to call for help. Or go to the national hotline for suicide prevention, here you can call or chat with a professional.