General Mental Health Resources for Women
Sadly (according to Psychiatry.org) about 1 in 5 women in the U.S. experiences a mental health complication, such as depression or anxiety, every year past year- and that number is steadily rising.
With *everything* going on in the world right now, women are having an even harder time keeping anxiety and depression at bay. We’re here to help….
Here are a few general mental health resources for women:
OWH coordinates women’s health efforts across HHS and addresses critical women’s health issues by informing and advancing policies, educating health care professionals and consumers, and supporting innovative programs.
GoodTherapy’s mission is to make it easier for people to access mental health services and the dedicated professionals who provide them- anywhere in the world. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a mental health issue, you can search their directory to find a qualified therapist near you.
Happiful is an online health and wellness that’s on a mission to create a healthier, happier, more sustainable society. You’ll find helpful links, articles and podcasts here to help support your mental health journey- no matter what your situation is.
This website offers mental health screenings, that provides the quickest way of determining if and when you should talk to a mental health professional. Their program is anonymous and confidential.
Offering you the option between chatting with a stranger, or a certified therapist, this website creates a safe space for you to chat with someone about what’s bothering you. Vent, ask for advice, or simply chat- this is a “no-judgement” zone.
Mental Health Resources for Teens
This site provides information about teen depression, eliminates the stigma associated with mental illness and empowers teens to take charge of their mental health.
A comprehensive list of mindfulness apps, books, websites, classes and programs for teenagers struggling with mental health issues.
Teen Line is a peer support-line for teens, by teens- available 6 p.m.–10 p.m. daily.
An informative YouTube video for teens who are struggling with mental health issues.
Information for parents and professionals to help them understand anxiety in teenagers and adolescents and what interventions and support can be provided.
Created to help young people navigate tough questions while also providing much-needed anonymity, this website contains a vast database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding mental and emotional health.
Mental Health Resources for Women in College
Though everyone in college has the potential to face health issues, women are usually considered higher risk for certain kinds of mental health issues- like depression and anxiety.
The good news is, student health services can help address these issues and offer support and guidance to help keep college women in better shape- both mentally and physically.
Below are some mental health resources for women in college.
Her Campus is an online magazine dedicated to, written by, and focused on empowering, college women.
A thorough look at how COVID-19 has affected students mental health and what parents and reachers can do to help.
This organization works to prevent suicide among college students.
A coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States
Mental Health Resources for Moms
1 out of 7 women experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Mental health and substance use disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period are increasingly recognized as a major public health issue and there is a growing sense of urgency to identify better care and treatment approaches.
Here is a list of some online mental health resources for moms:
This page helps new moms learn the signs that they might be facing a mental health issue, and educates new mothers on how and where to seek out the help they need.
MHTF provides a collaborative community of individuals who come together to help end maternal mortality and morbidity across the world.
MCPAP for Moms promotes maternal and child health by building the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage mental health and substance use concerns.
This site offers warm, positive, in-depth information for all new moms who experience postpartum depression, and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.
You will find an extensive amount of helpful tips, tools and articles based on real-life experiences on this site- informed by expert insight, and written with compassion to empower moms so they can find the support they need.
Mental Health Resources for Black Women
Studies have shown that women of color are far less likely to seek psychological services, and are often under-diagnosed with mental illness due to cultural barriers.
In efforts to help reduce the mental health stigma and increase the quality of life for black women, here is a list of mental health resources for black women and POC:
This Chicago-based-Black women-focused community provides monthly support groups, group therapy sessions, and workshops for GenZ and Millennial Black women. They’re currently hosting virtual online support groups for Black women, and one of their upcoming ones is called “Processing the Movement” and will discuss how to cope with current events and the underlying issues that sparked them.
This vibrant virtual space serves as a hub for BIPOC to find community and resources to thrive mentally and creatively. Members have access to in-depth conversations, live-streamed classes, wellness sessions, and more with various young and diverse creatives. Follow them on Instagram to gain access to amazing advice and information, as well as free resources to help out with mental health and well-being.
This Brooklyn-based wellness space was established by its founders Darian Hall and Elisa Shankle to “create a safe space where healing is accessible, inclusive, and community oriented.” It’s currently offering online live-streamed classes and workshops that allow your mind to take a break and feel rejuvenated and restored. Some samples of these are Meridian Cleansing Yoga, Mindfulness Grounding Meditation, Breathwork for Trauma, and Circle of Care for Black Womxn.
The Liberate app is guided by the notion that “culturally-relevant practices are essential for healing,” and has been used widely to help ease anxiety and assist with sleep. It presents guided meditations and talks that are designed specially for (and by) BIPOC, and gives users the opportunity to join an online community of like-minded individuals.
BWHI is a national nonprofit geared specifically towards improving the health and wellness of our nation’s Black women and girls. Find out about the most pressing health issues that affect Black women, and learn strategies to live a longer, healthier life.
This peer-led community provides support, education & advocacy for people that experience mental illness, trauma, disability, or neurodivergence.
Black Mental Health Wellness provides a wide range of services related to mental health including resources, workshops, and culturally-inclusive training and speaking engagements.
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.
Mental Health Resources for Elderly Women
According to the WHO, mental health and neurological disorders among older adults account for 6.6% of the total disability for this age group, and approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over live with a mental health disorder. Mental health and well-being are just as important in older age as at any other time of life.
Below is a list of resources, websites, articles, and books to help support the mental health of elderly women.
This article from the National Institute of Mental Health compiled a page of resources for elderly women facing mental health issues- such as how to learn the signs and find treatment, how to seek professional help and what your treatment options are.
WellQor is the leading network of mental health professionals specializing in seniors. Services Covered by Medicare, Manage loss, grief, anxiety, and depression seniors face.
“The statistics on mental illness in seniors are sobering, but with knowledge and vigilance, caregivers can stay aware of the emotional and mental health of their older loved ones and make sure they are properly treated if they are experiencing a problem.”
As you age, your body changes, and with it- what you need to stay healthy. Healthy eating and regular physical activity are your keys to good mental and physical health. The article offers tips for readers at various life stages, including adulthood, pregnancy, parenthood, and later life.
Founded in 1989, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women, during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.
When to Seek Help?
The following symptoms might be signs of an underlying mental health condition:
- thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- frequent or persistent feelings of sadness, anger, fear, worry, or anxiety
- frequent emotional outbursts or mood swings
- confusion or unexplained memory loss
- delusions or hallucinations
- intense fear or anxiety about weight gain
- dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
- unexplained changes in school or work performance
- inability to cope with daily activities or challenges
- withdrawal from social activities or relationships
- defiance of authority, truancy, theft, or vandalism
- substance abuse, including alcoholism or use of illegal drugs
- unexplained physical ailments
If you’re thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, please get help right away.
If you have other symptoms on this list, make an appointment with your doctor.
If you are experiencing thoughts or feelings of suicide, we urge you to get help immediately by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Well-being Zine encourages you to seek the advice of a physician, psychologist or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a possible mental health issue.
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