Since the coronavirus outbreak ramped up in the U.S. in February and March, numerous studies have shown anxiety is on the rise.
While plenty of energy is going towards keeping people physically healthy, a number of companies are offering freebies to care for people’s mental health. Here’s who’s helping out:
Talkspace has free support groups and coronavirus-related resources.
The teletherapy network has created therapist-led Facebook support groups, where anyone can seek guidance about their mental health as it relates to the coronavirus outbreak. Talkspace also has a daily Instagram Live Q&A and a free coronavirus resources hub.
Talkspace is offering 1,000 free months of therapy to healthcare workers, and $100 off for everyone else with promo code 1004U. New sign-ups get a 7-day free trial.
New therapy startup Real has free digital mental check-ins, group therapy, and online events.
Real was supposed to open in-person clinics this spring, but plans changed with COVID-19 and they’re introducing themselves with a bunch of digital freebies.
Headspace is offering a free collection of meditations.
Meditation and mindfulness-focused site Headspace has created a collection of several guided audio meditations available for free, focused on relieving stress, feeling overwhelmed, and peaceful walks.
No sign-up is required, but they’re offering a trial of up to 2 weeks free if you want access to their full program (and you can cancel immediately to avoid being auto-charged). Cost is $69.99/year, or $12.99/month, but there are cheaper options for families and students.
Calm has a library of free meditations, livestreams, and mindfulness tools.
To help with anxiety, award-winning app/website Calm has created a substantial page full of free resources, including 28 guided meditations, free mindfulness journals, a suggested meditation calendar, and more.
Categories include soothing meditations, sleep meditations, calm body, calm kids, and sleep stories. No sign-up is required, and the page is even accessible in six languages. If you’re interested in signing up for Calm, it costs $69.99/year or $399.99 “for life.”
Mind Wellness Counseling has free e-books, podcasts, and an app.
This Michigan-based wellness company has created a number of free mental health e-books, a podcast, and even an iOS app to help promote positive mental health and mindfulness techniques. No sign-up is required.
Focus on the positives with the free Gratitude Journal app.
While there’s lots of bad news going around, the free iOS app Gratitude Journal helps you reprogram your brain to be thankful and content as you focus on good things. Oprah, the BBC, and New York Times all love it.
Browse a collection of free Mindbodygreen online classes.
Health and wellness website mindbodygreen is making a number of its sought-after online classes available for free. Sort by lowest price on the classes page, and browse topics like Meditation for Anxiety, How to Manage Fear, and Dance Workouts to Boost Your Mood. You do have to register, but no credit card is required.
The Happiness Planner has free live mental health workshops.
The gratitude-based website and app The Happiness Planner is offering several free workshops and webinars, including Brainpower Breathwork, Ignite Self-Love, and Living Your Full Potential & Using Your Gifts in a Time of Crisis. Act quickly; they have limited capacity. They also have free printable journals and self-care pages.
Down Dog‘s yoga and fitness apps are free through May 1.
The Down Dog family of apps — Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout — are completely free through May 1. All healthcare professionals, students, and teachers (K-12 and college) have free access through July 1.
The Calm Harm app is always free.
For people struggling with self-harm, Calm Harm is a completely free app that lets people choose from a range of activities to help manage the urge to self harm.
Use music for therapy with the free Cove app.
The Cove app for iOS is different than most therapy apps in that it lets users express themselves and their mental state through music that adds to the emotional makeup of journal entries.