How to Get Free Mental Health Help [in 2020 and Beyond]

Wondering how to get free mental health help? We’ve found resources that can provide counseling and support for free or very low cost. If you need help in 2020, 2021 or beyond, please know that help does exist.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Online Chat:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Other Low-Cost Therapy Options:

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If you’re looking for free mental health help, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found many free mental health resources to help you through 2020 and beyond.

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America is currently experiencing a mental health crisis. Services like counseling can easily cost $100 per hour or more, which means that too many people are going without the help that they desperately need.

As many of you know, last November we suffered a seriously traumatic event when my husband attempted suicide. I know firsthand how absolutely devastating untreated mental health problems can be. To all of you suffering right now, please know that I love you, I care about you and I am so sorry.

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Crisis Resources

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They also have an online chat, which I will link to in the description below.

If you prefer texting, the Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting NAMI to 741-741.

Abuse Survivors

Survivors of abuse have access to additional free mental health help. If you have survived domestic violence, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help at 800-799-7233. If you are still trapped in an abusive situation, they can help you escape and heal from your experiences.

Sexual assault survivors can also get help. If you have experienced sexual assault, you can speak with trained staff at the National Sexual Assault Hotline. They have an online chat support (again, I’ll post those links with this video) or you can call them directly at 800-656-4673.


Free/Cheap Therapy

If you need ongoing support, we’ve found a few free mental health help programs that can help.

Medicaid is a government-funded health care program available in every state. This program usually covers mental health services, although eligibility and services vary by state.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America claims that there are federally-funded health centers that serve those without health insurance or those who can’t afford their own health care. These clinics charge a sliding-scale fee and often have mental health services, so it’s a great place to look for free or affordable counseling.

If you live near a college or university, you may be able to get low-cost therapy from a graduate student. These students need real-world experience, so you’ll usually work with a student who is supervised by someone with more experience. You may be able to find a similar arrangement at a hospital if you ask to work with someone in training.

You may also be able to find free counseling or low-cost therapy options by visiting the ADAA website or the Psychology Today directory. I’ll post links in the description below for these lists, as well.

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Online therapy apps like Teledoc, Talkspace and BetterHelp can be pricey, but they are usually cheaper than traditional counseling. Sometimes, they’re even covered by insurance! I’m only mentioning them here because it may be something worth looking into, if you can.

Other Options

If these options don’t work for you, then you can also try to find a support group. These groups are not the same as traditional counseling, but they can still be tremendously beneficial. In some situations, people actually prefer support groups to therapy!

Support Group Central is a service that connects people to support groups for various issues. The services are free or low-cost, and it’s available in multiple different languages. You can find a link in the description below.

Pandemic Mental Health Resources

As I’m creating this video, we are in the middle of the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. If you are looking for pandemic mental health resources, we’ve found a few that can help. Check out our list at

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