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Causes: Arts & Culture, Human Services, Media & Communications, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Printing & Publishing

Mission: HelpGuide provides evidence-based mental health education and support to a global audience. Our mission is to empower people with information they can use to help themselves, their loved ones, or those they serve.

Programs: HelpGuide develops media content and programming for mental health and wellness. Our award-winning website, helpguide.org, offers research-based, expert-reviewed articles and interactive features in an appealing, ad-free format. The HelpGuide website covers a wide range of mental health and wellness topics, including: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, PTSD, Suicide Prevention, Exercise & Fitness, Nutrition, Sleep, Autism, Caregiving, Parenting & Family, Relationships, Domestic Abuse, Emotional Intelligence, Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia, and Healthy Aging. Our target audience is English-speaking people of all ages who want to improve their mental health—and who look to the Internet for education and support. Our goal is to provide these online health seekers with empowering, evidence-based information they can use to help themselves and their loved ones. While HelpGuide is based out of California, our website has a global reach, with nearly 30 million visitors in 2018 from 238 countries and territories.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came aware of "Help Guide" since many years ago! One detail attracting my attention is the "simple-language" they write their articles and the "down-to-earth" ideas to use and practice with those who need help and understanding. Ideas are practical, there is a sense of caring and compassion to others. I have even used their ideas to myself. I trust them and I recommend them as a professional (when I used to be employed) and as a simple-everyday person!

monikawhite

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is not often that you get the chance to be part of something that helps so many with useful, meaningful information resulting in positive action and outcomes. Messages of hope, life changes, and gratitude from those who avail themselves of the well researched, evidenced based, articles addressing important life issues, deepen our commitment to continue and grow. Helpguide strives to inform its readers and help them make decisions for themselves and loved ones about a wide range of mental health, healthy living, relationships, and many other topics relevant to wellness. I have recommended it to many individuals, families, and even human services professionals who want to broaden their search for options to better living.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

HelpGuide.org is an extraordinary website helping those with health, wellness and lifestyle issues to help themselves. We know how useful and meaningful it is because of the feedback we receive from many of our 50 million readers each year telling us heartwarming stories of how they have been helped. Based on research and evidence-based data, article content objectively informs and leads readers to actions resulting in positive outcomes. At the same time, it is extremely easy to navigate. As a professional social work and gerontology specialist, I am proud to be a part of this organization. Backed by a remarkable technology, research and writing staff and supported by a committed board of directors, HelpGuide.org continues to grow, retain its relevance, and remain ad-free through private donations.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Helpguide has been my guide to life for many years but in the past 2 years it has been my cherished companion through the last 2 Covid years. I always learn so much from it about mental and physical health and how to adopt healthy and and smart strategies for my own life, I have a very large extended family and at my recommendation they have turned to it as well and felt empowered to change and improve their lives as I have. Their research on the hot topics of the day and their positive outlook for all our futures is transformative. I know they speak the truth which they constantly update. And all without ads so they never "sell" anything except their wisdom. What a gift to our world!

Shirley Fredricks

2 Cristhian

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are making difference.

Today, our Mental Health is very important, they are making this possible and free to all person.

I love them

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My aunt introduced me to this website after I told her about my depression and I have been using it ever since. Everything is extremely helpful and it’s very resourceful. I would recommend this site to anyone even if you do not have a mental illness. Because it also provides helpful information about supporting someone with a mental illness. A+ in my book!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely happy with what they are doing for free of cost.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow @helpguideorg on Twitter and it's been a godsend to read their inspiring tweets, stories, link referrals. With so much sad/bad news these days, esp on social media, it's helpful to keep my head above water with their messages of hope. Attached is just one small example of one that's helped me as I recently got spooked by someone walking past me in a hardware store NOT WEARING A MASK in spite of mandates currently in place where I live. They take the time out to post these and for that I am so grateful ❤

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each fall, I succumb to a bout of depression that I know is Seasonal Affective Disorder. Knowing that, I manage it every year. This year....adding the Pandemic restrictions and the nation’s political turmoil....has been particularly rough. A friend of mine suggested I take a look at your website. I focused on the articles on depression, and particularly on the Covid articles on how to cope. Extremely well written and helpful. I greatly appreciate your efforts.

Curt Haines

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have bookmarked this website for easy access and to share with others. As an elderly adult living in this Coronavirus world, I feel isolated. Accessing this website gives me the feeling of talking with a knowledgeable friend. I appreciate the detailed information, concrete examples and positive steps for improvement.

9 Cara De G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been using Helpguide’s meditations during this pandemic. They have made such a difference for me, especially with managing stress. I’m so grateful that they’re offered for free. Thank you so much for all that you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Extraordinarily helpful newsletter full of excellent articles and advice about so many different kinds of mental conditions. I have a close friend who suffers from serious anxiety and depression and through HelpGuide I've been able to educate myself about these conditions and find ways to be a better friend. Compassionate listening and daily checking in has served to let her know that she isn't alone in these difficult times. Though her depression has been exacerbated by the physical distancing required to stay Covid=safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, maintaining social closeness has been all the more important. My keeping in touch and knowing what's helpful to say and what's not helpful, are things I've learned from HelpGuide. I particularly appreciated the September 2020 issue. Thank you.

8 Cynthia P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helpguide.org is accessible to anyone, anywhere. So many of my associates have lost employment due to COVID and as a result, the financial losses have created stresses beyond what many can handle. Here you can find the information to help with remedies and methods for wellness. It is one of the most varied and objectivre factual sites for mental health information. This website requires support mainly to post articles and maintain the site. There is very little other overhead. This non profit provides an unequalled level of effectiveness. Many I know have accessed this site for both information and guidance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of HelpGuide recently and am impressed with the amount of information available on many topics. I particularly enjoy the guided muscle relaxation after a stressful day. Preventing Alzheimer’s, Improving Memory, and Healthy Aging are particularly helpful and hopeful. Thank you!

6 martiglenn

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have used and recommended HelpGuide for many years! It is by far the best Go-To resource for mental wellness support. The articles give so much more than information. They help the reader feel supported and hopeful. These well-researched offerings are easy to read and understand. And, I appreciate that they are completely ad-free! What a gift to anyone who is curious, perhaps concerned about a friend or family member and/or someone who may have lost their way and needs a lift to get across the bridge to where they need to go. THANK YOU HelpGuide!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for HelpGuide. The articles always resonate with me. They are so clearly written and I love that the articles always have several immediate steps we can take to start making a change today. Since the pandemic, I have forwarded the HelpGuide article on Coronavirus Anxiety to many friends and family members, who were finally able to find acceptance, during this time of such great uncertainty. Please keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great resource! Has helped me cope with depression and anxiety. After years of suffering, I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

9 Carolyn Benson S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an adult, I was trying to juggle my teaching job, family, volunteer work, and was beginning to follow my dream of writing a novel––and my organization went out the window. The ADD I managed to cope with as a child unraveled into too many strands to manage. I tried Adderall, but it kept me up at night and robbed me of my creativity for writing. Then I discovered HelpGuide. The practical, easy to understand articles on managing ADD/ADHD were life changers.

Thank you for the good work you do! I recommend HelpGuide to everyone I meet who is struggling with psychological issues for themselves or family.

9 Marie Mader W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2014 I was struggling with panic disorder after years of living with moderate anxiety. While I was receiving therapy, and learning how to practice mindfulness and how to calm my body and experience the panic attacks differently, I still struggled at times. I found HelpGuide and it became my late night savior. I appreciated all the information about mental health that was informative but not too bogged down with in depth psychological details, and not too fluffy with feel-good platitudes.

I’m grateful that I found them in my time of need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HelpGuide's message is hopeful, motivating, and empowering. The medical model of mental health often focuses on things outside of a person’s control. HelpGuide empowers people to take greater control of their mental health—a message that gives people hope and direction, while making them feel far less helpless.
We cover research discoveries and groundbreaking treatments. We stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in the psychological, social, and medical sciences, both through our own research and via our collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.

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