Mental Health Resources for the iRelaunch Community

Mental Health Resources

There's much more to a relaunch than writing a resume and returning to work - and one of the most important aspects of a career break and subsequent return is maintaining your physical and emotional health throughout your journey. This has become even more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have begun posting relevant links to this page to provide you a place to go for more information. While our expertise is not in the medical or mental health fields, we are often made aware of resources from our colleagues and friends. Please let us know if you have a great resource to share here. Write to us at

Care for Your Cononavirus Anxiety

The team at Shine, an award-winning app and community that will help you struggle less with anxiety, in partnership with Mental Health America, have vetted and compiled a wealth of research-backed and helpful tools for you—articles, meditations, access to mental health experts, anxiety screenings, and more. Think of Care For Your Coronavirus Anxiety as your mental health toolkit during this time.

Option B

OptionB.Org is dedicated to helping you build resilience in the face of adversity and addresses a range of life-changing challenges, 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. OptionB.Org is a nonprofit initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation.

Mental Health Screening Tests

In 2014, Mental Health America (MHA) launched its online mental health screening: a collection of online, free, confidential, anonymous, and scientifically validated screening tools to help individuals understand and learn more about their mental health. Since then, around 1 million screens are completed every year, with up to 3,000 screenings being taken per day. This makes this the largest data set ever collected from a help-seeking population.Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The site provides several resources available to find out more information or get connected with help.

National Alliance for Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

ADAA Reviewed Mental Health Apps

Mental health apps can be effective in making therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable. These apps (listed alphabetically) have been reviewed by ADAA members over the last few years. These volunteer reviewers are mental health professionals with degrees in psychology, medicine, social work, and counseling; they are not involved in the development or marketing of mobile apps.


Join Coursera (free) to access courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. Search "Mental Health" for more than 100 courses on topics including "The Science of Well-Being," and "Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential." Many courses are free.

Find a Behavioral Therapist

The Association for Behavioral and Congnitive Therapists' Find-a-Therapist service gives you access to therapists schooled in cognitive and behavioral techniques. The therapists listed in Find-a-Therapist are licensed professionals who have met the requirements of membership in ABCT and who have chosen to appear in this directory. Primarily psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers, the practitioners that participate in this service practice in private practice, clinics, hospitals, and community mental health settings.

The ABCT also offers this Guideline for Choosing a Therapist that suggests questions you might ask and areas of information you might want to cover with a cognitive-behavior therapist you are considering seeing before you make a final decision. In addition, they provide this guide as to what you can expect from therapy


Strong 365 is a community of wellness warriors who believe the strength to persist and thrive through a mental health challenge exists in all of us. They help to shorten the path to effective, life-saving help for individuals with psychosis — one of the most misunderstood health issues affecting our community today. By providing critical information and resources, and showcasing personal stories of finding acceptance, hope and inspiration through tough times, their dream is to redefine seeking help as a sign of strength.

Six Seconds - Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. In other words: It’s how students learn the skills of emotional intelligence. ix Seconds was founded in 1997 as a non profit organization dedicated to supporting people to create positive change.

10 Percent Happier - Coronavirus Sanity

Every day, 10 Percent Happier Like will offer a live sanity break, featuring host, Dan Harris, and some of the world's best meditation teachers, streaming from their homes to yours. Sessions will start with a five minute meditation, and then the host and guests will take questions from the audience.Live streaming takes place at, 3pm Eastern Time every weekday. The episodes will be posted so you can watch them later. You can also access past episodes in the Ten Percent Happier app for free.

The Mighty

The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. With more than 6000 topic, their stories and videos are viewed and shared more than 90 million times a month. Over 2 million registered users and are adding a new one every 20 seconds.


iRelaunch Blogs

10 Return to Work Tips for Relaunchers During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

You, our members, asked us for guidance about how to proceed with a relaunch when we are spending most of our time at home in the midst of a health scare and the economic uncertainty that accompanies it. This post by Carol Fishman Cohen, iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder, provides 10 important tips and links to other important resources.


The Road to Mental Health Amidst a Professional Identity Crisis

Our iRelaunch team member, Shannon Amspacher, shares her story about a prolonged job search that was one of the many roads that intersect at the root of her struggle for mental health. Not her own job search, (at least not initially) but the decade-long period of her father’s quest to relaunch his career amidst a layoff during the 2008 recession.


iRelaunch Podcasts

Episode 116: “Negative Self-Talk and the Job Search” with Steven Campbell

Author, Speaker, Educator and Coach Steven Campbell joins Carol to discuss the power of the brain and how destructive negative self-talk can be, especially during a prolonged job search. Steven points out “your brain believes everything that you tell it” and having a more positive discussion with your brain can change your life. He will also discuss how his personal experience changing a negative narrative into a positive one led to the work he’s doing today. For more information on Steven’s work and courses, click here 

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Episode 110: Maintaining Mental Health During a Prolonged Job Search – with Chris Rudnicki

We contacted Chris after reading his powerful and compelling article in Medium about his father’s depression during a prolonged period of unemployment, and the risks of ignoring mental health issues during the job search. We see signs of depression and anxiety in our own community of relaunchers; when people post in our private Facebook groups, when they write to us, and when we meet them face to face at our conferences and events. Carol explores this critically important topic in her conversation with Chris, who co-founded Project Tugboat, “which empowers professionals to overcome the social and emotional challenges of unemployment.”

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