In recent years, mental health has become a trending topic around the globe because mental illness is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Mental health statistics suggest that 1 in 4 U.S. adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized mental illness as a major public health issue with secondary effects on the family unit, friends, co-workers, and even the community as well. The global burden of mental illness is so immense that mental health is taking center stage in our everyday conversations. The good news is that we are making progress in terms of mental health awareness, especially with the help of new technologies.

While over-reliance on new technologies can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, these technologies are not wholly negative and can have a positive impact on our mental health. Today, many people can access mental health services and information through online therapy apps in a cost-effective way. Mental health experts have harnessed these modern technologies to provide help and resources to people seeking mental wellness. Unlike in the past, where people had to schedule in-person meetings to access services, digital platforms has made this process easier through instant messaging and video and audio calls. Counselors also can use digital platforms to connect with clients in rural areas hence eliminating the expenses and inconveniences associated with traveling.

The following are some of the best online therapy apps:


This is an online therapy platform that allows you to connect with a licensed therapist from the palm of your hand. This platform has thousands of licensed verified and background-checked therapists. Talkspace will match you with a licensed therapist upon identifying your therapy needs. This platform also works with employers, health plans, and employee assistance programs to make therapy available and affordable.


BetterHelp is an online portal that matches users with licensed therapists who can help with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and grief.  With this online platform, you can receive therapy by online chat, video call, or phone anytime, anywhere.


Theravive is an online network of licensed therapists and counselors providing mental healthcare. Unlike other digital platforms that work via apps, this network works via a web browser. Theravive is committed to raising mental health awareness and lowering stigma. This platform provides users with a convenient and cost-effective way of accessing therapy.

Operation Reach Out

This is an app developed by Military Community Awareness (MCA) aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans. This app is designed to help military personnel and veterans who are depressed stay connected to others.

7 Cups of Tea

This is an e-counseling platform with trusted therapists and counselors that connects people to real listeners in a one-on-one chat format.

There are many other digital platforms that are making a real impact in raising mental awareness and providing therapy to those in need via educational resources, virtual classes, and online conversations. Generally, modern technology has made a lot of positive changes in terms of mental healthcare and awareness.