When you’re experiencing mental health conditions, it can be difficult to know where to turn.
Everyone deserves to feel listened to, supported, and less alone when life feels like it’s just too much.
Not only that, but it’s important to make sure you’re feeding your mind with positive messages all the time — not just during times of difficulty.
There are countless mental health influencers who are known for sharing their wisdom and bravely opening up about their own mental health challenges across Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and more.
While it’s important to remember that social media support should never replace mental health care from a professional, it’s reassuring to know that, at any moment, you can open an app and connect with someone who may relate to what you’re going through.
The individuals below aren’t just influencers. They’re mental health advocates in the true sense of the word, and they’re offering some of the most authentic, meaningful, supportive content out there.
One of the biggest messages she offers online is one of shared experience: She wants you to know that it’s not just you who thinks and feels the way you do. Kelly’s overarching message: No matter what baggage you have, you can heal your trauma and move forward.
Kelly had 6 years of therapy, a transformative experience that helped her overcome eating disorders and depression, confront family trauma, and leave a toxic relationship. On her popular “Therapy Thursday” podcast, she’s helping others do the same.
Kelly shares the lessons she’s learned on her own therapy journey and explains how you can implement them in your own life.
From navigating office politics to dealing with work-related burnout, the working world can take a toll on your mental health. IT consultant and influencer Laura Whaley (@loewhaley) is here to help you manage it.
Sharing funny and relatable videos on her Instagram and TikTok profiles, Laura is the woman behind the popular “Work Bestie” series, a collection of short videos where she explains how to set boundaries with your bosses and colleagues without coming across as rude or unprofessional.
In her humorous posts, Laura also makes light of common workplace anxieties, like returning to work after time off and managing imposter syndrome.
She also creates content about burnout and toxic workplaces. Her relatable takes may help you navigate the perils and pitfalls of the professional world — and laugh about it in the process.
Yolo (@yoloakili) is an award-winning writer, healing justice worker, and founder and executive director of BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective), a movement that aims to make therapy and health care accessible to the Black community.
On the platform, he speaks about the importance of community and having a support network that fosters your healing journey.
He also offers mental health support to people who are LGBTQIA+ and recently appeared on the “We Are Man Enough” podcast. In the show, he spoke about masculinity and mental health, as well as body image and sexual assault.
On Instagram, Yolo often explores how people can heal unresolved trauma and overcome their mental health triggers at their own pace.
In a recent post, he speaks about giving yourself permission to feel and understand that emotions are complex and can co-exist.
TV personality and former professional athlete Colton Underwood (@coltonunderwood) talks openly about his challenges with mental health on Instagram and documents his journey to self-acceptance with 2 million followers.
He regularly discusses the relationship between faith and mental health and the importance of checking in on your friends and family.
After confirming he’s gay, Colton sought support online and shared his journey to self-acceptance with his followers, whom he refers to as his “pocket friends”.
The moniker inspired him to create the Pocket Friends NFT collection, which aims to promote children’s mental health and emotional development.
He also stars in the Netflix documentary Coming Out Colton, where he shares the challenges and triumphs of coming out to his loved ones.
Psychotherapist Courtney Tracy (@the.truth.doctor) calls herself a “no BS therapist” and is known for sharing straight-forward yet compassionate mental health advice on her Instagram, podcast, and YouTube show.
On the “Human First” podcast, Courtney talks with clinical experts, doctors, and survivors, and she explores how people can honor their inner world and tend to their own needs first.
She looks at mental health through a personal and professional lens and offers key takeaways on how people can mind their mental well-being.
On her YouTube channel, Courtney offers a therapist’s take on pop culture moments, from reactions to trending films and TV shows to viral celebrity moments making the news.
On Instagram, she explores romantic relationships, living with borderline personality disorder, managing anxiety, and more.
Whether you’re single, dating, or married, romantic relationships play a major role on health and well-being.
As a relationship expert and certified sex therapist, Todd Baratz (@yourdiagnonsense) offers professional advice on navigating your love life and your mental health.
He explores how people often carry behaviors they learned in childhood into their adult relationships and explains how they can begin to unlearn these habits.
He also looks closely at toxic dating behaviors like ghosting, withdrawing, and having unrealistic expectations.
Todd looks at how people can experience deeper connections by freeing themselves.
Loving the skin you’re in can be easier said than done. Laura Girard (@laura.girard) is an online fitness coach who advocates for body neutrality, or embracing and accepting yourself even if you don’t love your body.
On her Instagram account, she demystifies fitness myths and encourages her followers to take a gentler approach to health and fitness by listening to what their body needs.
Her at-home workout videos allow people of all fitness levels to get moving. Most importantly, they aren’t about hitting a number on the scale or fitting into a certain dress size. They’re designed to help you cultivate a loving and respectful relationship with your body.
She encourages her followers to use the phrase “this is what works for me right now,” with the understanding that needs can change and aren’t one-size-fits-all.
One of Todd’s popular posts is titled “Things To Stop Expecting From Sex.” In it, he encourages readers to heal their sexual hang-ups by shaking off their sexpectations.
Chinae Alexander (@chinaealexander) is a Brooklyn-based influencer and the woman behind Press Send, a podcast dedicated to open and honest mental health conversations.
Chinae and her guests talk about various topics, from grief and rediscovering yourself after a breakup to building career confidence and cultivating self-worth.
Sharing personal anecdotes, Chinae also discusses the mental and emotional work she has done — and continues to do — to love her body and shares how her followers can do the same.
In a recent post, she writes, “Confidence in ourselves and the bodies we exist in isn’t a constant positivity. It’s choosing moment to moment that we have the freedom to step out in fear and make small choices to accept and dignify how we exist.”
Meanwhile, on her Instagram profile, Chinae talks openly about how anxiety medication and talk therapy have helped her feel like herself again. She’s fighting to end the stigma that surrounds getting help.
Marcus (@garden_marcus) is the founder of Choice Forward, a wellness company that aims to empower people through workshops, presentations, and life coaching. He encourages his followers to make productive choices that support their growth and promote progress in their lives.
On his social media accounts, you’ll find tips for achieving your goals, including appreciating every stage of the process, taking your time, and taking note of how you feel.
As a keen gardener, Marcus uses plants as an analogy for personal growth. He says that, just like plants people need lots of nourishment to grow and flourish — and they function most effectively with a supportive daily routine.
His mental health routine includes getting plenty of fresh air, maintaining a balanced diet, and journaling.
Marcus recently released a self-help book titled “How To Grow: Nurture Your Garden, Nurture Yourself” where he offers advice on tending to your mental health.
Megan was inspired to create the platform after suddenly losing her husband, Matt, in 2009. After her loss, Megan found it challenging to get the support she desperately needed.
On her social channels, she challenges well-meaning advice and misinformation about grief and focuses instead on providing compassion, validation, and understanding.
Megan educates her followers on the skills they need to survive grief and offers a reminder that it’s OK to grieve; it’s something to be carried, not fixed.
In her #PefectlyNormal Instagram series, she normalizes many aspects of grief, such as becoming tired of grieving, feeling grief intensely during moments of celebration, and more.
Alongside masculinity expert Liz Plank and music producer Jamey Heath, he interviews high profile guests about how messages surrounding masculinity affect male mental health.
Justin looks at how these messages negatively affect both men and women and have an adverse effect on topics, such as body image, fatherhood, sex, success, relationships, and more. He also released a book titled “Man Enough,” where he details his own hardships with masculinity.
His content is a reminder that you are enough just as you are. It can serve as a guide to deepening your connection with yourself and others.
You might recognize Torrey (@torreydevitto) from her acting career. She’s had roles in “Pretty Little Liars,” “One Tree Hill,” and “The Vampire Diaries,” to name a few.
In response to the recent challenges to Roe v. Wade, Torrey opened up to People magazine about her experience having an abortion at 21, the emotional impact, and how important it was for her to have that choice.
Online, she’s a mental health influencer and regularly discusses the connection between spirituality and mental health.
Torrey hosts “Stream of Consciousness,” a weekly Instagram Live session where she interviews mental health and well-being experts about topics from hormonal health to self-healing and how people can be more present every day.
On Fridays, she hosts “Cosmic Conversation,” another Instagram Live, where she talks with astrologers and spiritual coaches about using spirituality as a tool to cultivate better mental health.
In these chats, Torrey shares the lessons she’s learned from her spiritual teachers and explains how listeners can apply these learnings in their own lives.
On Torrey’s account, you’ll also find self-help book recommendations, advice about reclaiming your perceived flaws, and candid conversations about overcoming the trap of perfectionism.
Yasmine Cheyenne (@yasminecheyenne) is a self-healing author, speaker, educator, and mental wellness advocate who believes that “self-healing is for everyone.”
As the leader of an online community of over 150k members and host of “The Sugar Jar Podcast,” she helps people learn how to cultivate daily practices to build healthy, joyful lives.
Yasmine has shared her transformative teachings through keynote speeches, presentations, and coaching, and her Instagram feed is full of encouraging videos and quotes about learning to listen to your body and meet your needs.
Yasmine is a powerhouse resource for self-awareness and mental health, with discussions on creating healthy boundaries, designing your dream job, finding love, and more.
She recently spoke at TEDxRutgersCamden on the topic of “How Boundaries Make Space For The Sweet Things in Life,” offering her expertise on setting healthy limits for yourself so you can live the life you want.
She recently launched The Sugar Jar Community app, a safe space offering resources for developing self-awareness and supporting your mental health.
Social media can only go so far. If you need professional mental health support, there are many ways you can access it.
Talk therapy can be a useful tool and there are many in-person and online options available. Apps, like Talkspace and BetterHelp, connect you with therapists you can talk with online.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you’re not alone. If you live in the U.S., help is available right now:
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255. Text “HOME” to the Crisis Textline at 741741. Alternatively, if you prefer reaching out digitally, you can contact the IMAlive Crisis Chatline.
It’s true that social media can negatively affect your well-being.
At the same time, if you’re selective about the kind of accounts you follow, it can be a supportive space that destigmatizes mental health and facilitates candid mental health discussions.
While mental health influencers shouldn’t replace the advice of mental health professionals, their presence may validate your experiences and help you feel less alone.
Victoria Stokes is a writer from the United Kingdom. When she’s not writing about her favorite topics, personal development, and well-being, she usually has her nose stuck in a good book. Victoria lists coffee, cocktails, and the color pink among some of her favorite things. Find her on Instagram.