20 Mental Health Instagram Accounts to Make Your Feed a More Positive Place
It’s no secret 2020 was tough for everyone. The unexpected changes brought forth by COVID-19 tested our perspectives in all areas of our lives as we were forced out of our norms and comfort zones.
But there was a silver lining amongst all the chaos: we ended the year - and kicked off 2021 - more in-tune with our mental health, perhaps greater than ever before.
So, how do you use this glass-half-full mentality to your ultimate advantage going forth?
One tactic is to do a social media detox and start following the best mental health pages on the social media platform. Sure, Instagram is known for its glamorous filters and #instaworthy grams, showcasing only the best of people’s lives. But behind the glitz and glamour of sparkly feeds, there are golden communities filled with people supporting one another through their mental health journeys.
Here, we’ve rounded up the 20 best mental health Instagram accounts you need to start following that will help ease anxiety and stress, and instead make you feel inspired and valued with every scroll.
20 best mental health Instagram accounts to follow ASAP
1. Laura Jane Illustrations
Instagram handle: @laurajaneillustrations
This page is filled with bright and colourful words of affirmations guaranteed to make you smile.
2. Miss Mental Kim
Instagram handle: @miss_mental0
It's all about self-development and positive vibes on this psychologist's page.
3. Yung Pueblo
Instagram handle: @yung_pueblo
Mediator, writer and speaker Yung Pueblo shares his own inspiring quotes daily to help his 1.1 million followers (yes, million) navigate through life with a cup half-full mentality.
4. Quotes by Christie
Instagram handle: @quotesbychristie
Christie posts original illustrations in bold texts that encourage a positive relationship with mental health. If a post really jumps out at you, you can purchase it as a print, sticker, tote or even phone case via her online shop.
5. Whitney Goodman
Instagram handle: @sitwithwhit
The psychotherapist posts expert mental health and relationship advice. But her biggest health tip? Prioritise self-care.
6. Amber Rae
Instagram handle: @heyamberrae
The bestselling author of Choose Wonder Over Worry fills her Instagram feed with friendly mental health reminders and captions her posts with her own advice on dealing with stress, anxiety and negative self-talk.
7. My Therapist Helps
Instagram handle: @mytherapisthelps
Sometimes laughter is the best form of self-care, right? Well, the team behind Insta-famous meme page @mytherapistsays are here to help you find happiness in even the darkest of times.
8. Dear My Anxiety
Instagram handle: @dearmyanxiety
If your diary could write back to you, this account would be a near accurate reflection.
9. We’re Not Really Strangers
Instagram handle: @werenotreallystrangers
One of the most recognised mental health pages on Instagram, We're Not Really Strangers is an account filled with original illustrations that encourages a positive relationships with yourself, regardless of other people's opinions.
10. Melissa Webb
Instagram handle: @mellow.doodles
If pink is one of your favourite colours, this mental health illustrator's account is for you.
11. Alexander den Heijer
Instagram handle: @purposologist
No fancy filters, texts or lighting. Just important mental health quotes and affirmations with equally as powerful captions. Sometimes simple really is better.
12. Sarah Crosby
Instagram handle: @themindgeek
Psychotherapist Sarah Crosby reminds us that mental health struggles are normal - even professionals need help sometimes.
13. Conscious Conversations
Instagram handle: @consciouscoversations__
Are you a fan of the We're Not Really Strangers page? Think of this account as its sister - or brother.
14. Joshua Fletcher
Instagram handle: @anxietyjosh
Joshua Fletcher is a self-described "Anxiety Disorder Nerd". Need we say more?
15. Dr Emma Hepburn
Instagram handle: @thepsychologymum
The Clinical Psychologist puts the fun in learning about invisible struggles like mental illnesses via cute and quirky original illustrations.
16. Jess Sharp
Instagram handle: @jessracheksharp
Jess Sharp shares gentle encouragements for those difficult days.
17. Sophia Short
Instagram handle: @sophia.joan.short
She describes herself as "a human writing things to brighten your day" - and she definitely lives up to this by posting motivational quotes splashed on her own photography.
18. Dani DiPirro
Instagram handle: @positivelypresent
Dani's illustrations are the reminder of how helpful it can be to share your thoughts and ask for help.
Instagram handle: @crazyheadcomics
Instagram allows us to connect with others and feel less alone, and that's exactly what Matilda and her 446k (and counting) followers are there for.
20. What Is Mental Illness
Instagram handle: @what.is.mental.illness
What is mental illness? It can't be seen and sometimes it can't even be heard. So, how do you identify the different illnesses and their symptoms? This account will teach you everything you need to know.
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