As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many have found the adjustment to a new normal far from easy.
And with an increased amount of isolation, loss of employment and physical illness, there’s no wonder why it’s taken a toll on our mental health—especially for those who already live with mental illness.
While there is so substitute to receiving appropriate therapy and community care, filling your Instagram feed with accounts that discuss mental health openly can make seeking said help feel that much easier.
Below, we’ve rounded up 12 of the most inspiring Instagram accounts who break the stigma surrounding mental health and offer a daily dose of support and reassurance that what you’re feeling doesn’t define you.
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Under the name ‘makedaisychains‘ on Instagram, Hannah Daisy is a queer British artist and illustrator who is also a mental health advocate. Through her work, she teaches her followers new ways to think about mental health and how to differentiate between self-pity and self-loathing.
Jess Sharp is a writer and designer from West Yorkshire, UK. She is also an advocate for Mental Health Awareness, after going through her own mental health battles. Her illustrations are a way to make others remember helpful words that helped her through her healing.
An Italian illustrator, Laura Jane is also behind the blog Hello Happee, which is all about creating a new positive online space to celebrate life while also exploring topics like mental health awareness, feminism, equality and growing up in a media driven world. Her work also aims to cut through the unrealistic expectations social media creates and present a slice of something real, honest and a lot more down to earth.
The first and largest mental health community for children of immigrants, Brown Girl Therapy offers support through destigmatising therapy. Offering resources like how to choose a therapist that’s the right fit for you to workshops to meet others in the same situation, Brown Girl Therapy is more than just an Instagram account.
Run by Dr. Vassilia Binensztok, a therapist, professor and childhood maltreatment expert, she aims to inspire people to reclaim their personal power. Her Instagram account also aims to create a safe, comfortable space for people to escape to, share what’s bothering them, and improve their lives.
Founded by therapist Mary Hoang, The Indigo Project is a progressive psychology practice that thinks creatively about mental health. The Indigo Project also run courses, workshops and create immersive experiences to guide you on a transformational journey.
Ogor, a UX designer, author and wellness changemaker, is behind the self-titled Instagram and creates graphics promoting and teaching their followers about how to practice and implement mindfulness and wellness.
Gemma Correll is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator who uses her Instagram presence and her own illustrations to promote mental and physical wellness. Her cartoons and comic-like carousels not only entertain but teach others about how to improve your own wellbeing.
Sad Girls Club is a non-profit organisation that’s committed to supporting people of colour by creating a sense of community and providing resources to better the mental health of Generation Z and millennials. Through their Soul Sessions network and inspiring posts, the organisation aims to create community and diminish stigma around mental health.
Black Girl In Om focuses on creating a space for Black women to find support with each other and where they can feel liberated, empowered and seen. Through their workshops and spotlights on other mental health advocates, their Instagram is a go-to for a daily dose of support.
Created by Alishia McCullough, a licensed mental health therapist, her Instagram aims to connect others with their journey towards healing and self-reclamation. Each one of her posts helps teach her followers new ways to understand their struggles and tasks that can help put the mind at ease.
Currently completing her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology, creator Nawal Mustafa shares helpful tips and thoughts on how to manage your mental health in her posts—and even on her TikTok account.