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About Psych Central

About Psych Central

Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to individuals struggling with a problem in their lives.

We are today’s modern voice for mental health information, emotional support, and advocacy. We have a true passion and deep commitment in helping people better understand the mental health and emotional challenges of their lives. 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 a half million people whose lives have been touched by a mental health concern.

New York Times quotePsych 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 lists of symptoms for mental disorders. 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.

LA Times
“In his many years hosting this popular site, psychologist John Grohol has come to consider himself the conscience of online mental health — and he takes the job seriously.”

Oct 2001


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 as well as our online support group community.

Time 50 Best Websites - 2008 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 25th year online.

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified mental health or health care provider. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.

The New York Times
“The mental health Web site PsychCentral offers a list of the best online psychology tests.”

Aug 2008


Our Credo:
Provide the best evidence-based mental health &
psychology information, regardless of profession.
All voices are important and should be elevated
in the discourse about mental illness & mental health.


Psych Central is family owned & operated by . This resource is inspired by the loss of John’s childhood best friend due to suicide and his search for meaning after this loss.

Psych Central is affiliated with the Psych Central Community Connection, a 501(c)3 public charity that provides small grants to individuals in need and for treatment, as well running the Project Hope & Beyond online community.

The Times of India

“7 must visit health websites for everyone… Bookmark this website even if you don’t think you have any need of its resources.”

Sep 2015


  1. According to ComScore Media Metrix & Quantcast. []