Mental health advice, in-app and on-demand
With 100 million monthly active U.S. users on TikTok – roughly 37.3 million of whom are Gen Z – therapists and mental health experts are turning to the app to find new clients, educate young people about things like depression and anxiety, and dance and meme their way to viral status. This kind of content heavily resonates with Gen Z, a cohort that’s especially passionate about mental health and wellness. Ahead, three of our favorite TikTok follows in this space.
Nadia Addesi, a social worker and psychotherapist based in Ontario, is teaching young people the importance of self-esteem one TikTok at a time. Her videos on topics like loneliness, anxiety, and boundaries routinely rack up half a million views and hundreds of comments, and her openness about dealing with anxiety herself makes her a particularly relatable presence. Addesi also has a popular podcast called Getting Better, where she interviews celebrities like Meghan Trainor and Ian Somerhalder about mental health and is a face of Dove’s Self Esteem Project, a campaign that’s reached more than 82 million young people across 150 countries.
DR. COURTNEY TRACY
Dr. Courtney Tracy, who goes by The Truth Doctor on social media, describes herself as a “pioneer of the new ‘human first’ mental health movement for Millennials and Gen-Z.” The movement sure seems to be catching on; Dr. Tracy has more than 128,000 Instagram fans and 10,000 YouTube subscribers who follow her for her frank, relatable advice about stress, coping, and how to deal with social media. But TikTok is where she really shines, with more than 1.7 million followers and a whopping 24.7 million likes. Dr. Courtney is not only changing the way people think about therapy, but she’s also changing what people think about therapists. A far cry from the buttoned-up shrinks of yore, Dr. Courtney – with her bright red lipstick and smattering of tattoos – looks more like your coolest friend than a traditional mental health professional.
Though she’s not a mental health expert per se, 29-year-old Elyse Myers has become one of the most prominent voices on TikTok in the mental health space for her candid videos about dealing with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Sharing stories and struggles in her signature deadpan delivery, Myers has a special knack for making mental health disease funny – we’re talking laugh-out-loud funny – without minimizing the seriousness of it. Along with sharing her own experiences, Myers often offers advice and helpful tips for how she manages mental health disorders. Her go-to hashtag, #theadhdway, has more than 494.2 million views to date.