People are often using the internet for their many needs like education, leisure, shopping, personal connection, and even mental health support. It is true that there are many online chat rooms out there to serve and help you cope with depression. But a word of caution – not all sites are safe for use. Some are posers who prey on people with difficulties and issues. So beware.
“Beware of companies that promise “anonymous online therapy” but don’t protect the person in therapy or the clinician,” wrote Janeen Herskovitz, MA, LMHC.
Anyway, if you need online help, here are some well-known online chat room websites that you can register for free and talk to other people with similar struggles:
“There are anonymous helplines, websites, and forums [where] you can connect to talk about what you’re struggling with,” said Ruthie Kalai, LCSW.
Depression Chat Rooms (depression-chat-rooms.org)
The home page will give you an option of where you want to go to the website. There is a Depression Chat Rooms button, a Depression Blogs button, a Depression Forums button, and a Depression Gallery button. No matter what button you go to, you need to log in with your username or nickname and password as you choose the channel to enter.
This website aims to provide friendly assistance for those with depression and anxiety issues. They also welcome people with various mental health problems which can promote the development of depression and anxiety. The other mental health conditions mentioned in the rooms and forums are bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, OCD, and more. The page states that the first three rooms discussed above cater to communication purposes, for your guidance.
Depression Chat Room Therapy (chatzy.com)
One of the most popular online chat rooms for depression is from Chatzy. The whole website is moving towards helping teens and young adults with their mental health issues especially depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and other problems. People are encouraged to talk about their difficulties and concerns because it is one way of dealing with it.
The only way to access the chat rooms is by free registration. It is the admin’s purpose to facilitate in helping people feel safe within the site and. Also, they see Chatzy as a sort of online therapy or refuge with individuals available to connect with 24/7.
Healthful Chat (healthfulchat.org)
Upon entering the Depression Chat Room of Healthful Chat for the first time, you will be able to read a lovely and inspiring open letter from the admin of the website. It talks about the primary mission of Healthful Chat, and that is to be sensitive to the needs of people with various mental health problems especially those with the most prevalent issue of all around the globe – depression. They offer peer support and have stated the importance of medical attention. Also, for the website to function better, they have a Donate button for those who are willing to share and keep the chat rooms operational.
Depression Sanctuary (depressionsanctuary.org)
Depression Sanctuary is an online platform moderated by people who have overcome depression or some type of mental health issue in the past. The services within, usually peer support, are free and at no expense to the assisted person. There will also be online tools on the site which can help the person with depression deal with his or her issue.
The person who needs support will also be enveloped with care by understanding people who are willing to help any time of the day. It is a sanctuary indeed for those who can’t talk to people in person for various reasons.
Mixed Nuts (mixednuts.net)
If you want a website that focuses on depression and bipolar disorder, then Mixed Nuts is the place to go. They welcome people with depression, bipolar disorder, and those who have both. A person with bipolar disorder does have depressive episodes. And so there is a strong connection between the two mental health issues.
The website has a chat room, a depression information page, a bipolar disorder information page, and a crisis help page. The crisis help page offers support for people from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. It is all around the world.
Reaching out is the first step. And once you reach out, “let the person know that you need to talk and ask if they have time,” said licensed clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD.
Just A Reminder
Again, it is stressed that you have to be careful when registering and talking to people in chat rooms. You will be entering these websites at your own risk. If at any time you are uncomfortable, speak directly to a website moderator to sort out the concern. But in most situations, these websites and chat rooms are an effective way to ease people with troubled hearts and minds.