Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 200 support groups to consumers.
We are today’s modern voice for mental health information, emotional support and advocacy. With the broadest online reach and recognition of any mental health network today, we touch the lives of over 6 million people around the world every month.1 We’re also proud to represent the interests of our membership of over 350,000 people whose lives have been touched by a mental health concern.
Psych Central has its roots in indexing online support groups, starting in the summer of 1991. Launched in January 1995 as Psych Central: John Grohol’s Mental Health Page, our website was an instant hit from the beginning with its directory of online mental health resources and the first lists of symptoms for mental disorders published online. Within the first 3 months, it received Point’s prestigious Top 5% of the Web award, as well as a fair amount of media attention in the ensuing years. We are consistently rated as one of the top mental health resources online today.
Psych Central, whose daily operations are overseen by Dr. Grohol, provides mental health information as well as annotated guides to the most useful online resources today in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry. We also developed the popular Sanity Score, a free online mental health screening test. The Psych Central Network includes dozens of topic-oriented blogs, two online communities (our forums and NeuroTalk), curation of the This Emotional Life social media community, PsychSplash and Metanoia (home of the Internet’s first suicide support page, Read This First).
Psych Central was named one of the 50 Best Websites of 2008 by TIME, and has been noted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, L.A.Times, TIME, Parade, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, USA Today, USA Weekend, The Village Voice, Business Week, Forbes Magazine, and dozens of other publications. We are currently celebrating our 19th year online.
Psych Central is wholly owned and operated
by Dr. John Grohol.