1. Emergency Resources

If you are thinking of hurting yourself or others, please do not wait to call the emergency number 112. Otherwise, these hotlines are also useful!

  • Krisendienst — Berlin Crisis Service (has a 24/7 hotline in English, German, etc.)

  • TelefonSeelsorge — nonprofit with trained volunteers
    English Helpline 030-44 01 06 07 — daily from 6 pm until midnight for psychological or personal problems; recommend specialists for solving concrete problems, help find an English-speaking doctor, help solve family conflicts, etc.

    German Helpline 0800-111 0 222 and available 24/7
    Russian Helpline 030-44 01 06 06 and available 24/7

  • 7cups — online chat service with volunteers available 24/7 if you want to talk to someone, not a therapist but a good listener

  • soulspace — free advice in person/by phone for young people aged 15-35

  • TK-Ärztezentrum (if you have TK health insurance) — 040-46 06 61 91 00 to speak with doctors on call 24/7 365 days


2. Private Therapists in Multiple Languages

If you do not have public insurance or cannot find a provider who speaks your language, here are some great places to find a private therapist in your language:

3. Using Public Insurance for Mental Healthcare

  • You can try to use your regular health insurance to see a therapist or psychiatrist, by asking your general practitioner or health insurance company for help making an appointment, or searching on your own with a site like DoctolibJameda, or Doctena.

  • If you have tried and cannot find a provider available who speaks your language and is taking new clients, you can apply to have your public insurance cover a private therapist by following this useful guide: How to get therapy covered by health insurance

  • This is the official website to look for therapists who accept public healthcare: KVBerlin

  • This is another good website which aggregates therapists: Therapie.de

  • Headspace — offers several free introductory meditation sessions, then charges $12.99 per month

  • Moodfit — free version, premium version $8.99 per month

  • Happify — ten modules free, then $14.95 per month

  • Calm — app for meditation with first session free, then $12.95 per month

  • Insight Timer — free app for meditation in multiple languages, premium version $9.99 per month

4. Paid Apps

  • MHANational — quick and free check on anxiety, depression, etc.

  • Open Counseling — hotlines for various health topics/groups in Germany

  • Woebot — if you want to try out the limits of tech development, this is an artificial intelligence-driven app, which acts as a therapist. It’s not therapy but good for checking in with yourself

  • mental state in berlin — Facebook group

5. More Free Resources


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