Youth Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Support
Why Anonymous Friend?
Don't have a phone number for calling or texting? That's okay, you can reach out to us
Our teen responders are trained in Mental Health First Aid offered by Johns Hopkins University
We have Indigenous teen responders, so Indigenous teens have an equitable opportunity to feel supported and understood
With Snapchat's disappearing messages, what you share with your friend will leave no trace
Anonymous Friend is a platform where teens receive mental health support through social media from other trained teens - who are often the only ones who both understand their situation and truly know what to say. It has turned social media, one of Gen-Z’s greatest liabilities, into one its greatest assets. With support from the community, this platform was launched and built during the pandemic, when the need for mental health support had been greatest.
For many of our teens who reach out to us through Instagram and Snapchat, Anonymous Friend is their only support resource. Many do not have a phone number for calling or texting, and many place great value on the familiar social media experience, and particularly, the knowledge that what they share with us on Snapchat will leave no trace.
We have had over 100K support interactions and supported over 5,000 individual teens. Anonymous Friend provides a new innovative mental health support service to teens around the world and strives to make our resource available to more. Although we have grown to a team of 25 responders and have supported many teens, much work needs to be done, and many more need support.