Mental health tools online can be a fantastic resource for those of us who are struggling. Mental health often breeds isolation as we can sequester ourselves away and feel very much at the mercy of the negative thoughts and images that are constantly churning in our brains.
There are a range of mental health tools that can be found online that can help. If you, or someone you love, is in a life-threatening emergency please dial 000 and ask for immediate help. These tools are not intended to replace medical attention – they are here to simply serve as a means to get through the day-to-day experience of struggling with mental health.
Beyond Blue are the front runner when it comes to online mental health assessment and the provision of helpful resources. It’s here that you can get information about a range of issues including (but not limited to) depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety and bipolar disorder. There is the capacity to engage in online counselling (available after 3pm each day) and you’ll be welcomed into an online community via chatboards.
Want to know more? Visit Beyond Blue here.
Black Dog Institute
Black Dog Institute offers ways to get help, research findings, clinical resources and education and training materials for websites and carers. They are very active on social media and can act as a safe haven for those dealing with darkness.
Facebook Support Groups
When it comes to looking for mental health tools online, you can’t go past Facebook support groups. A simple search can lead you to all manner of groups, from dealing with anxiety to processing complex trauma. The groups offer members the chance to reach out to others in the same position to gain help and support. From inspirational memes and quotes to real member call outs for help, there’s a lot to gain from getting active online. Even if you’re just a silent observer, there’s still a lot of information to gain.
Some key Facebook groups you could try:
Using Mental Health Online Tools
Working on your mental health is a journey. Any approach you take online would be best supported by working with trusted professionals to come up with a mental health support plan that best suits your circumstances.