what you'll get

Free sessions
Mental health is more important than ever—which is why these sessions are free right now
Effective strategies
Learn effective tools and strategies for common concerns from licensed therapists and mental health professionals
Privacy
You’ll have the option to be completely anonymous by using an alias or turning off your camera
Feeling together
You’ll be with other people who have concerns and experiences similar to yours

how it works

taking the first step is easy

01

Reserve a session
Find a topic and time that works for you. Each session is capped at 15 people, so don’t wait too long to book it.

02

Submit your questions
Prior to the session, you’ll receive a form where you can ask anonymous questions related to the session topic. The therapist will use these questions to guide the discussion.

03

Listen, learn and chat
During the session, the therapist will provide helpful strategies and tools, moderate a group discussion, and answer real-time questions.

what we’ll cover together

we’re here for you—with new sessions added every week

We’ll add new session topics and time slots based on what’s working for you. Here are the kinds of topics you can expect:
Trouble Sleeping
Difficulty motivating & focusing
Coping with coronavirus
Relationship questions
Managing anxiety
Mindfulness & meditation

what to look out for

upcoming support group sessions

Mondays, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM PT // 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM ET

Meditation for Beginners: Finding Your Calm
Led by: Ian Albert
Summary: Ever want to try meditation but don’t know where to start? Join Ian, who’s studied meditation for two decades, for a lively session on the essential practices of meditation. You’ll learn about what it means to cultivate mindfulness and mental stability, and how becoming present with our bodies and breath can help reset the nervous system to alleviate stress and anxiety. This session includes several short guided meditations.

Mondays, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM PT // 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM ET

Meditation for All Levels: Staying Sane in Tough Times
Led by: Ian Albert
Summary: Maybe something changed at work. Maybe it’s something in the news. Whether it’s on a personal level or something bigger, we often find ourselves facing things we can’t control. Meditation helps us cultivate inner mental and emotional stability to better respond to events like this, rather than feel at the mercy of them. Suitable for all levels, this series is a great way to relax, develop mindfulness, and stay connected. Ian will share new topics each week—so feel free to join more than once. This session includes several short guided meditations.

Mondays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PT // 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Fostering Resilience and Self Care
Led by: Sara Skonieczny
Summary: When life knocks us down, it can feel hard to get back up and return to something that feels normal again. In this session, you'll learn tips to reframe how to think about things that are out of your control. You'll also hear about ways you can make sure to prioritize your wellbeing when it feels like things around you are spinning.

Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT // 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Self-Compassion: Reframe How You Treat Yourself
Led by: Sally Scheidlinger
Summary: Negative self-talk can be pervasive and debilitating, especially during this time of social distancing and isolation. Even in quarantine, people seem to keep posting on social media about their productivity and motivation. This can lead to feelings of shame if you don't have the energy or emotional ability to do the same. These feelings then decrease motivation, causing a painful cycle. In this session, we'll discuss practicing self-compassion and the art of reworking your internal monologues to treat yourself in a gentler, more understanding manner.

Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT // 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Goal-Getter: Bust Negative Thinking Habits with CBT
Led by: Sally Scheidlinger
Summary: "I didn't do enough today." "I'm not smart enough for this." Ever have thoughts like this? Negative thinking patterns can creep up on us, especially when we're feeling isolated. While these thoughts are often not grounded in reality, they can have a big impact on how you feel. In this session, you'll learn to apply lessons from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—a short-term, goal-oriented form of therapy—to reframe negative thinking behaviors. You'll also learn exercises you can use at home.

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PT // 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Finding Your Focus and Motivation
Led by: Jody Radtke
Summary: Why is staying home so hard? Maybe it's kids running around, or maybe it's a thousand pings at work. We're distracted. We feel irritable. We're overwhelmed. And that's all normal. In this session, we'll explore what impacts our attention and how our mind and body work in response to heightened stress states. You'll also learn about tools to regain your center and clear your head.

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PT // 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Feeling Tired? Let's Get Some Sleep
Led by: Jody Radtke
Summary: Imagine what it feels like to have a great night of sleep: We wake up feeling rested, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the day. But when we don't get enough quality sleep, it can throw off our whole day at home and work. If you feel like this, you're not alone. Millions of American adults have trouble sleeping most nights. In this session, you'll discover common sleep challenges and proven methods to quiet your mind, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT // 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Using Mindfulness for Anxiety
Led by: Lindsay Kandra
Summary: If you're feeling more stressed or tense lately, you're not alone. This session will cover the basics of mindfulness: Why it works, how it helps with anxiety, and how to pick the practices that work best for you. We’ll cover a variety of easy practices that can be added to your daily routine and will finish with an extended gentle, movement-based practice to leave you feeling calm, grounded, and focused.

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT // 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Winter Won't Hold Us Back
Led by: Jody Radtke
Summary: The pandemic. Unrelenting headlines. Colder weather. Shorter days. Longer nights. Winter won't be easy for any of us this year, but you can actually take steps to build your winter resilience—and it's never been more important. In this session, we'll explore different practices and frameworks that you can use to be better prepared for the season. Each week will cover a unique lens to apply to your current situation, with steps you can take right away for a stronger, more resilient outlook.

Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT // 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Buh-Bye, Winter Blues
Led by: Lindsay Kandra
Summary: Are you feeling your mood change as the seasons change? Are the shorter days and lack of sunlight hitting you hard? Millions of people go through Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), commonly felt as depression that starts in the winter. This session will explore why our moods change with the seasons and provide some tools and tricks to better tackle the winter months.

Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT // 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Using Mindfulness for Depression
Led by: Lindsay Kandra
Summary: Learn the basics of using mindfulness to help with depression: Why it works, how it helps with depression, and how to find the motivation to practice when life seems overwhelming. We’ll go over a variety of techniques and will finish with an extended beginner-friendly practice that will leave you feeling awake, invigorated, and motivated.

Fridays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT // 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Stars, Stripes, and Stress: An Election Anxiety Guide
Led by: Lindsay Kandra
Summary: Those feelings of dread you've been having about the 2020 election? Totally normal. So many people are feeling mounting stress, and that's only complicated by the fact that those feelings probably won't end at midnight on November 3rd. This session covers the basic mechanics of trauma, depression, and anxiety to help you better understand what you're feeling. You'll walk away with practical, mindfulness-based tips for staying grounded while staying informed. // This session doesn't depend on your political affiliation, and you won't be asked to share it.

Fridays, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT // 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Relationships in the Time of Coronavirus
Led by: Diana Benjamin
Summary: The stress of coronavirus affects our relationships. From financial uncertainty to lack of personal space, couples are cooped up together—and may be starting to fray at the edges. Long-term issues are amplified, and new ones are bubbling up. Learn how to manage your relationship in this higher-pressure environment.

who’s leading the sessions

licensed therapists with proven methods

You’ll be hearing from experienced, licensed therapists and mental health professionals with proven methods who are experts in providing effective tools and strategies. Empathetic, friendly and professional, they’re trained to guide group discussion so that everyone gets the most of the session.

Jody Radtke

MA, LPC

Lindsay Kandra

LPC-Intern, QMHP

Sally Scheidlinger

LMSW

who should consider it

not sure if anonymous support groups are for you?

This is a different approach to online mental health, so we understand if you’re hesitant to try it. If it’s helpful, we find these types of people will benefit from it the most.
People totally new to therapy who want to get a feel for what it could be like and avoid expensive upfront commitments
People who have some experience with therapy, but want to feel connected to others with similar concerns and experiences
People who are feeling increased levels of stress as a result of world events and uncontrollable situations

why we’re doing this

Investing in our mental health is often put on the backburner, because it’s too expensive or too inconvenient. But with the COVID-19 global pandemic, stress and anxiety are becoming everyday issues for millions of us. Hims & Hers is committed to helping people deal with their stress and anxiety, which is why they’re now offering anonymous support groups. Our mission has always been to help people handle their hard-to-talk-about issues—and offering accessible mental health products from home is yet another example of that.

Dr. Patrick Carroll

Chief Medical Officer, Hims & Hers

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