Resources created by the Effective Altruism community
This page is dedicated to talks, podcasts, and posts on mental health created by Effective Altruism community members.
Mind Ease - Mind Ease is an anxiety relief app proven to reduce negative feelings in 91% of uses. It provides a range of evidence-based techniques for managing stress and anxiety in under 10 minutes. It's available in both the Apple App and Google Play stores. Check out this EA Forum post for more information.
UpLift - UpLift is a comprehensive app for depression based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It's available in the Apple App Store, and here's information on how to get it for Android. Mind Ease acquired UpLift in 2021; you can read more about it in this EA Forum post.
VIVID - The VIVID app is now available for both Android and iOS! It’s designed to help individuals find the most effective ways to remove internal obstacles by addressing the mindsets that underly the internal obstacles one faces. You can read more about VIVID as an organization and as an app in this EA Forum post.
EA Forum posts
Mental Health Resources tailored for EAs (WIP) by Miranda Zhang provides a personal account and description of resources such as:
Sustainable Motivation by Helen Toner
Holly Elmore's Scrupulosity lightning talk
the 80,000 Hours podcast Having a successful career with depression, anxiety and imposter syndrome
Desperation Hamster Wheels by Nicole Ross
The Parable of the Talents by Scott Alexander
Burnout: what it is and how to treat it by Elizabeth is not only a very helpful post about what burnout is and what to do about it, but is also a helpful read for the comment threads, which contain other EA community members' personal realizations about and methods for preventing or treating burnout.
Mental Health and the Alignment Problem: A Compilation of Resources by Chris Scammell is a compilation of a lot of great resources for anyone concerned with maintaining well-being when confronted with existential risk.
Other EA Forum posts tagged self-care might be helpful and are available here.
The EA Mental Health Programme
The EA Mental Health Programme is an 8-week workshop that aims to give EAs the tools to maintain good mental health. The workshop follows an 8-chapter workbook covering:
Mindfulness & Emotions
Widening Circles of Compassion
Relating to Others
Sustainable Motivation and Preventing Burnout
Creating a Healthy Community
Wellbeing and behavioral change
You can find the workbook and more information on the workshop on its own subpage here.
Effective Peer Support
Effective Peer Support is a peer support program designed to help you improve your productivity and well-being through application of psychological techniques proven to be the most effective in increasing resilience, productivity, and quality of life while reducing and protecting against anxiety, depression, and stress. The program pairs applicants with 5-8 like-minded EAs who all meet for 1:1s for 4-8 weeks. You can read more about Effective Peer Support (and sign up) via this EA Forum post.
Effective Self-Help (ESH)
Ben Williamson is currently piloting Effective Self-Help (ESH), which is currently a series of articles he will be releasing over the course of the next few months. The first articles in the series are on effective ways to improve sleep and reduce stress. ESH is something Ben intends to develop into a resource for the best guidance for individuals on improving wellbeing and productivity.
Intersection of Psychology and EA
Check out the EAxPsychology website for all kinds of resources on the intersection of Psychology and Effective Altruism.
Meditation Training for Effective Altruism
Oliver Bramford, a an EA Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher, set up Meditation Training for Effective Altruism to help EAs cultivate compassionate wisdom and use it as a core guiding principle of emerging power structures, global governance and transformative AI. An Introduction to Mindfulness course is available, and newsletters containing EA-informed meditation offerings and news are sent out on a monthly basis.
Off-Roads Project (for university students)
The EA Off-Roads project was set up by Gavin Leech and Damon Sasi to help people experiencing executive dysfunction and struggling at university.
A Mental Health Podcast Directory (created by Ben Williamson) loosely based on the most common mental health conditions EA community members experience according to the results of the 2018 EA Mental Health Survey.
The 80,000 Hours podcast Having a successful career with depression, anxiety and imposter syndrome
Effective Peer Support