Build Your Ecosystem

Mental well-being requires an ecosystem of interacting components that you can build into your life, one step at a time. This set of free resources is here to help you build that ecosystem!

The world’s first mental well-being certification, grounded in evidence-based research, self care practices, and a psychological perspective on exercise, nutrition, connection and mindfulness.

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Crisis Support, Treatment, and Counseling


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

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Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.

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The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET.

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As a Veteran, you might experience difficult life events or challenges after leaving the military. We’re here to help no matter how big or small the problem may be. VA has resources to address the unique stressors and experiences that Veterans may face — and we’re just a click, call, text, or chat away.

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Browse detailed listings of verified mental health professionals in the United States and additional countries.

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Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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 Amandine Roche is teaching the tools of inner peace to heal the trauma experienced by Syrian refugees suffering from mental health issues such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in the camps of Mafraq in Jordan.

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Created in conjunction with Mental Health America, this whitepaper provides a guide for school officials and parents to support any students suffering from mental health issues.

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Here is a brief overview that shows just how easy it is to start understanding brain health!

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This series of blogs contains excellent free advice for dealing with mental health issues.

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Professor Elissa Epel (a summit speaker and Brick Foundation board member) has created and curated resources on this page, including expert summaries about mental health issues, video shorts on psychological acute care,  free high quality apps, a webinar of world experts on trauma and family, and resources on maintaining and bolstering mental health, including coping with moral distress, grief, and death.

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Body Movement and Exercise

A directory of free or donation-based online health & wellness classes.

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If you’re interested in trying breathing exercises to reduce stress or anxiety, or improve your lung function, we’ve got 10 different ones to sample. You may find that certain exercises appeal to you right away. Start with those so that the practice is more enjoyable.

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On October 1st – 10th, 2021, people united globally for ten days of moving our bodies for ten minutes each day to support better mental health for all, and to celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10/10/2021. Now, you can join in for your own ten days of movement with the videos below! Just choose your favorite videos, move for ten minutes, share with friends, and you’ve done it!

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The answer appears to be yes, according to the latest research. Check out this article from Inside Hook about the effectiveness of exercise on our mental well-being.

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This free course looks at the links between exercise and improved mental health and psychological well-being. This will include consideration of the role of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression, and in enhancing mood.

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Free at home “work-ins” live-streamed daily at 7pm ET on the Planet Fitness Facebook page.

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These Tapping Meditations will help you release your anxiety so you can support your immune system, feel more at peace, and empowered to take any steps necessary to protect yourself. Please take some time to tap and share with others who need it!

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 Your daily life may have just dramatically shifted, but now more than ever it’s important to keep up your yoga practice. Whether you’re self-isolating at home or on the front lines, we’re inviting you to a series of (free) live webinar practices offered by Yoga Journal’s online education faculty to help you find your center—so you can stay calm when you step off of the mat.

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Grab your yoga mat and foam roller and join SoulBody Restore™ for a restorative, fun workout to get moving for your mental health! 

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This is an IHRSA featured article, brought to you by Matrix Fitness.

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Eating Well And Nutrition

With multiple nutrients known to play critical roles in brain function, it is logical that a multinutrient approach to treatment of mental disorders would be more effective than single nutrients. Indeed, there is now a significant body of literature demonstrating efficacy for treating various types of mental symptoms with multinutrient formulas.

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The Nutrition Source is a leading authority on food and nutrition knowledge, providing science-based guidance for healthy living. Based at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, The Nutrition Source offers comprehensive nutrition information through timely articles and FAQ’s, while recipes and tools, including The Healthy Eating Plate,facilitate the translation of food and nutrition knowledge into daily practice.

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The INFINITE Study is a groundbreaking research study exploring the effects of implementing a nutrient-dense diet and nutrition education in early addiction recovery.

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Adam Sud shares his personal story of how he went from pills to plants.

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TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative with the mission to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Check out a growing library of original animated videos around the subject of nutrition. Some of our favorites include:

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Some foods may help improve your mood and mental health.

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From Stanford Medicine: A specialist in psychiatry and obesity describes how metabolic disorders affect the brain and how nutrition can help patients with mental illness.

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Art, Music, and Creativity

Mental Health for the Arts is a 16-hour, 2-day course that teaches arts organizations, educators and artists how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses in order to get them the help they need.

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Looking for a distraction while you’re at home? Here are 40 FREE and family-friendly, inspirational, and stress-relieving virtual reality applications.

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These films are tools for support, healing, communication, and education that immerse audiences while allowing them to connect emotionally and share a profound experience.

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A first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

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Join with thousands of young people from all parts of the world in this amazing song/video project. Be part of something incredible and make a difference – watch this video to find out how.

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Sleep and Deep Rest

Free relaxation and sleep meditations with Arianna Huffington, Diddy, Nick Jonas, and others. 

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The saying “woke up on the wrong side of the bed” has long been used to show how sleep can affect someone’s mental well-being and mood. According to the     Sleep Foundation sleep is closely connected to mental and emotional health and may be associated with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.

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Spirituality and Meaning

Comprehensive Training in Evidence-Based Approaches to Spirituality and Mental Health for Mental Health and Healthcare Professionals

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Celebrating the diversity of faith traditions, expressing gratitude for our unity, and strengthening the role of faith in society through common action. It is with this mission in mind — and guided by the principle of compassion for our community, ourselves and the earth — that we are highlighting opportunities for contemplation, connection and action during this difficult time.

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Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community. 

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Philosophical counseling is a collaborative and conversational activity in which you and a trained philosopher work through your life-problems by identifying, examining, and revising as necessary the operating beliefs, values, and habits of action that inform those problems.

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Wayfinding is the ability to navigate from inner and outer sensing into ever greater alignment. This free bundle of tools and techniques are designed to help you surf these big waves we’re in and more deeply access your true power and your capacity to serve your communities.

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“Spirituality involves seeking a sense of meaning, purpose, and connection to something beyond oneself. It can be a source of comfort, hope, and resilience, and has been linked to improved mental health and well-being. Spiritual practices like meditation, prayer, and mindfulness have been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. These practices can help individuals cultivate a sense of inner peace, improve their mood, and enhance their ability to cope with difficult emotions and experiences.”

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Friendships and Support

We invite you to join us for online experiences hosted by trusted spaceholders covering a range of topics and styles. While social distancing is imperative for public health and safety right now, the implicit isolation will be dreadful for our well-being. Unless, of course, we come together. Feel Real gatherings are purposefully curated to facilitate a different kind of online connection: One that gives us the space both to listen and be heard as we practice the art of relating as our full selves.

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We are a community of over 200,000 people overcoming mental health issues by sharing stories and offering support.

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Option B is dedicated to helping you build resilience in the face of adversity—and giving you the tools to help your family, friends, and community build resilience too. Here, you can read and share personal stories, join groups for solidarity and support, and find information from experts.

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We offer free zoom calls for integrating heightened stress, fear, and important processes that arise from the massive changes in our lives. Some of these calls will have special topics (e.g. families, economic stress, dealing with isolation, etc.). We invite everyone who is willing to share and participate with an open heart to contribute and also to be a witness to other people’s processes.

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We are an evidence-based system that is both effective and teenagers find engaging.

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Presented in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, a 50-minute Zoom call that includes a guided meditation, a special reflection from a guest speaker, and a chance to meet in small-group Togetherness Circles with other participants. These are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12pm PT/3pm EST. Pre-registration (free) is required.

Read More Reimagine Life is a mobile website that helps users find support groups in their local area with the largest database of resources in the country. This not-for-profit organization is on a mission to reduce suicides and help those in need find every free resource for mental health and addiction recovery. 

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Nature and Being Outdoors

All our trails are verified by experts and reviewed by our global community of adventurers like you.

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Environmental medicine generally addresses environmental factors with a negative impact on human health. However, emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness.

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Whether you call it a fitness trend or a mindfulness practice (or a bit of both), what exactly is forest bathing?

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Awake in the Wild is a unique way to be in nature. It is the art of being outdoors with a contemplative presence. Through the power of mindfulness people can cultivate a receptive, open quality of awareness that allows a rich sensitivity and connection to the natural world.

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Meditation and Contemplation

JWB’s Executive Director, Dr. Cassandra Vieten, leads a guided meditation.

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This interactive program is especially appropriate during these times for maintaining emotional balance, mental clarity and sustaining resilience. The content is uplifting and provides scientifically validated tools for managing stress and anxiety – which we need now more than ever. The program also provides techniques for connecting with your heart’s intuitive directions for the best choices in whatever your life situation calls for. You will learn how love, kindness and compassion help improve our immune system, health and self-security. We sincerely feel these practical tools can be valuable in helping you navigate through these unpredictable and challenging times with more ease and clarity.

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The #1 free app for sleep, anxiety, and stress. Hundreds of free guided meditations.

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This collection of audio meditations can help you access your body’s natural tendency to repair and heal. Through guided imagery and affirmations, you can use your own mind as a complement to traditional medicine. Listen as often as you’d like for maximum benefit.

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The perfect combination for developing an effective meditation practice. Use the Vagus Nerve Stimulation techniques to bring you into the optimal para-sympathetic state, then continue with the guided meditation sessions.

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A care package for the Sounds True community. In response to the growing uncertainty and heightened stress during this unprecedented time, we have created this special digital care package to help you navigate the coming days with mindfulness, compassion, and presence. Please share and enjoy these free resources—we can all use some support!

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While it’s natural to feel fear during times of great collective crisis, our challenge is that fear easily takes over our lives. This talk explores how the mindfulness and compassion of the RAIN meditation can help us find an inner refuge in the face of fear, and deepen our loving connection with each other. You can practice with the meditation excerpt from the talk.

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For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, download the UCLA Mindful App (iTunes / Google Play), stream, or download the guided meditations below. Recorded by UCLA MARC’s Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.

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General Mental Wellness

Check out this list that spans diagnostic tools, research portals, government organizations, nonprofits, blogs, and phone hotlines devoted to addressing issues ranging from general mental illnesses and disorders such as autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse, to the specific needs of diverse populations, including LGBTQ youth, minorities, women, and veterans. 

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Your personal road map to help you calm anxiety and access your own inner knowing so you can learn to make happiness a habit.

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Seven daily essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health. These daily activities make up the full set of “mental nutrients” that your brain and relationships need to function at their best.  These essential mental activities strengthen your brain’s internal connections and your connections with other people and the world around you.

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During times like this, it’s natural to feel afraid, anxious, or threatened. The brain has evolved to react quickly to threats, and it’s easy for there to be a sense of helplessness associated with problems that appear far beyond our control. But being consumed by fear causes wear and tear on the body, which actually undermines your safety. That’s why it’s so important to look for ways to be effective and express our agency, even if it’s only through how we choose to think about things. Here you’ll find suggestions and resources for how to do just that during this challenging time.

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Organizes daily meetings accessible via computer, smartphone, or dial-in. Together we meditate, study Buddhist teachings, and support each other on our paths to sobriety and peace.

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Hopeful Minds is a new curriculum project developed by iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression. It is based on research that suggests hope is a teachable skill. Our aim is to equip students, educators, and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain hope even during the most trying of times.

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In this free online course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

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The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network shows how naming your emotions is an easy first step toward practicing emotional intelligence.

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Our team of expert clinicians has compiled a validated list of national and online resources to help you during a time when you may need the support most! We have broken topics down by category, and at the end of the page, have included a brief assessment tool you can use to better understand if any of the emotional challenges you may be facing, could be characterized by clinical depression or anxiety.

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A new online magazine and resource devoted to covering the latest in mental health news.

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Stories of addiction, mental illness, recovery, hope and wellness with input from clinicians, addicts, entrepreneurs and advocates for mental health.

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Do you ever feel like you have this nagging voice that tells you that you are not enough or that there isn’t enough in the world today? Well, you are not alone. This podcast will be a heartfelt, honest, and playful exploration of what it means to be truly human and all of who we are. We’ll explore topics such as vulnerability, shame, self-expression, and a whole lot more. But most of all, we’ll do it together.

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Contribution and Service

There are so many ways you can volunteer your time to mental health! Not only is volunteering a way to support other people, it can also boost your mental health along the way. Research has shown that when you help other people, the reward center of your brain is kick-started. You get a rush of endorphins, making you feel happier. Volunteering and acts of kindness can also decrease stress, increase your self-esteem, and can add meaning to your life. 

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The IDONTMIND Journal is a place for personal stories, articles, and interviews with experts and advocates that help you understand you and your mind in new ways. Articles are published weekly, and it’s a growing source of information and inspiration.

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VolunteerMatch matches inspired people with inspiring causes. It’s how volunteers and nonprofits connect to achieve remarkable outcomes.

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The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation is dedicated to changing the way the world treats mental health. Support our work to integrate exercise, nutrition, and mind-body practices into preventing and treating mental illness, and promoting mental wellness for all. 

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An article written by JWB Founder’s Victor and Lynne Brick

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Reflecting on the current state of youth mental health, with respect to national surveys on youth mental health challenges and the growing burden of social issues that youth are continually exposed to, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association recently issued a declaration of a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health, and the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory report on the importance of protecting youth mental health. 

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In kids and teens, severe depression is a real risk to health and well-being. Learn how to spot the signs of depression in your child.

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Stronger than Stigma® is on a mission to empower, inspire, and support those struggling with mental health issues on college campuses and beyond.

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Enrolling in college as a student with a mental health disorder doesn’t need to be overwhelming or intimidating. Students who know their rights and learn how to ask for assistance can go on to complete their degree and have a positive educational experience in the process.”

To help students find the assistance they need,” Intelligent created this guide to explain the resources and accommodations most schools provide, and offer tips on how to access these mental health services.

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