In many respects, 2020 was a year we may be happy to leave behind. So, what about starting the new year with some good news? Now, a new web resource makes it easier to find help for mental health problems – where you live, as well as online, and by phone.

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This says Ove Heradstveit, PhD and clinical psychologist, and leader of the recently launched web resource


We also need to focus on mental health

But wait a minute… Mental health? What’s the relevance of that? Isn’t it all about physical illness and physical health now? Or more specifically, how to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading like wildfire.

- Sure, no one can disagree with the urgency of fighting the pandemic. However, mental illness does not take a break just because our society has paused, says Heradstveit.

The psychologist points to a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) which reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide, while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new WHO survey.2

The psychologist adds:

- I hope the new year will bring a heightened awareness on mental health. How the pandemic has affected us, and how we can promote well-being as well as provide possibilities for recovery for individuals that struggle with mental health problems.



A collection of the best collections

The aim of this web resource,, is to make it easier to find help for mental health problems. Importantly, the web resource has a focus on help that is accessible despite lockdowns and reduced health care capacities – such as online therapy, helplines and chats, and online communities.

But isn’t it already sufficient information on available help for mental health problems?

- There are many great resources online that aims to make it easier e to find help. However, the unique contribution from is that we have collected the best collections of available help – all in one place, Heradstveit says.

The resource is mainly targeted at audiences in the United States,3 United Kingdom,4 and Australia.5


About is a website owned by the Norwegian non-profit company, Hjelp til Hjelp AS. This company has since 2012 provided a similar web service,, for Norwegian audiences only. Over the years this website has grown as one of the most visited websites in Norway about mental health, trusted by nearly a million users per year. The new web resource,, builds on years of experience with how to make it easier to find help for mental health problems. 



1 Find help. Online resources for mental health problems.    

2 COVID-19 disrupting mental health services in most countries, WHO survey.

3 United States.

4 United Kingdom.

5 Australia.



Contact: Ove Heradstveit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone number: +47 97692755.


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Ove Heradstveit

Psychologist, specialist in clinical community psychology. PhD.
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