On the Internet, it is easy to find a lot of communities and forums where psychologists and all sympathizers (not always professionals) give advice and advice. Lifehacker has compiled a selection of free online services run by experts and trained volunteers. These are resources where it is not scary to talk about difficulties.

1. Internet service for emergency psychological assistance of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia

Who created: Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation.

Who can apply: all comers.

The free mental health service is open 24/7. You can get advice by phone or one-time online in writing. For the second option, you need to register on the service website and create a personal account. It will conduct psychodiagnostic testing and recommend exercises to cope with the problem. Plus, the site has a form where you can anonymously and without registration ask a question to psychologists.

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2. Help is nearby

Who created: Doctors for Children, an organization that supports families and protects the rights of children.

Who can apply: children and adolescents under 18 years of age.

There are two ways to anonymously contact the psychologists of the service: write to the online chat on the website or send an email. The answer will come within a week. Consultants work daily from 13:00 to 23:00 Moscow time.

The project has a group on the VKontakte social network.

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3. Your territory

Who created: Your Territory Foundation, which specializes in protecting the rights of children.

Who can apply: adolescents and youth up to 23 years of age.

Another online help service for teenagers, where you can talk confidentially about exciting problems. Consultants answer questions in the chat on the project website daily from 15:00 to 22:00 Moscow time. You can also send an e-mail to psychologists, the answer will come within 4-5 days.

The project has a group on the VKontakte social network.

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4. Moscow service of psychological assistance to the population

Who created: department of labor and social protection of the population of the city of Moscow.

Who can apply: all comers.

Muscovites can receive five free individual sessions per year with the service’s psychologist. But emergency assistance is also provided to those who do not live in the capital. For this, there is a 24-hour hotline and consultations by e-mail. Also on the site you can sign up for webinars with psychologists and discuss your question on the forum.

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5. I am a parent

Who created: a fund to support children in difficult situations.

Who can apply: parents of children and teenagers.

Online consultations on parenting and difficult situations in relationships with children. To send a request, you need to fill out an online form. The psychologists’ answer will appear on the site in a few days, but personal data will not be indicated.

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6. Helping others helps yourself

Who created: charitable project “Helping others – help yourself.”

Who can apply: anyone who wants.

Psychologists with disabilities work here. Help can be obtained in the format of correspondence on the forum or via Skype. Psychologists accept on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 16:00 to 18:00 Moscow time.

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7. Psychological help “Yaroslavna”

Who created: Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis.

Who can apply: all comers.

The free psychological assistance service was originally created for women in crisis situations, but now you can call Yaroslavna with any problem. Psychotherapists from the Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis will answer. After the conversation, they will offer to sign up for three free personal consultations.

You can also ask a question to the experts through the online form. The answer can be published on the site without specifying personal data.

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8. HSE undergraduate consultations

Who created: Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Who can apply: adults over 18 years of age.

This project is supported by students and graduates of the master’s program “Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy” of the Higher School of Economics. To receive three free individual consultations, you need to fill out a short application. Sessions with psychologists are held online: via Skype, Zoom, Viber and other services.

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9. PsySoviet

Who created: graduates of the Faculty of Psychology of Moscow State University.

Who can apply: all comers.

PsySovet is a service for the selection of psychologists. But on the website of the project, you can ask specialists any exciting question for free. Your correspondence with the psychologist will be visible to all users. Surname and real photo are optional, so the consultation will remain anonymous.

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10. Psychological Center “Open Space”

Who created: NGO “Open space”.

Who can apply: activists, human rights activists, their relatives and others.

The center provides free confidential consultations and a series of meetings. Psychologists primarily work with activists, but can help anyone who is anxious about what is happening in the world. The format of the sessions is selected individually by specialists. You can sign up on the NGO website or via a chatbot in Telegram.

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11. Humanitarian project of the EMDR Association of Russia

Who created: EMDR Association of Russia.

Who can apply: all comers.

EMDR is a psychotherapeutic method that is often used when dealing with traumatic experiences. EMDR practitioners run free group sessions Monday through Saturday for anyone who needs support. You can ask the psychologists-curators a question and find the schedule of consultations in the project’s telegram channel.

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If you know other resources with free professional psychological help on the Internet, share in the comments.