How to get support for free and anonymously

"You should not be alone with your anxiety and personal challenges."

In the Swedish chat app Angelchat, you get help and support from an "angel" who has had the same problem as you.

It can be anything from stress and anxiety to addiction and self-destructive behavior.

- You get started in a few minutes and can start chatting. Even though we are anonymous, we become very close to each other, says Anna, one of the angels in the chat.

Nearly one in five people on earth suffers from mental illness, and the curve is pointing upwards, according to the WHO (World Health Organization).

Ängeln Anna hjälper många

"Common to withdraw"

The Angelchat app has been downloaded by over 100,000 users, most of them young women. You can both search for and offer help in the app.

- It is very common that we withdraw when we feel bad. We think it's up to us to feel better, but on the contrary, we need help. At Angelchat, you can start talking anonymously and break your isolation, says Anna.

Thanks to Angelchat's unique algorithms, users who need support are matched with an "angel" who has dealt with the same challenges, and is of the same gender, to increase security. - You can chat about whatever you want - it can be about everything from stress and sleep problems to addiction and physical pain.

Anna, who is 48 years old and lives in Stockholm, had alcohol problems but has been sober for four years, and has supported about 20 young women with addiction problems on Angelchat.

- Right now I am chatting with six people who have alcohol or drug problems, and they all stay sober and drug free - it feels like a miracle!

Tried to quit alcohol for ten years

The women Anna chats with were all alone in their addiction. They had never talked to anyone about their problems until they dared to chat.

Anna, som är 48 år och bor i Stockholm, hade alkoholproblem men är nykter sedan fyra år, och har stöttat ett 20-tal unga kvinnor med beroendeproblem på Angelchat.

– Just nu chattar jag med sex personer som har alkohol- eller drogproblem, och de håller sig alla nyktra och drogfria – det känns som ett mirakel!

How often do you talk?

- They are different. I talk to three of the girls every day, the others every week. A nice thing about Angelchat is that it is entirely up to you who seek help how often you want to chat.

Are you still anonymous to each other?

- Yes, all but one I met - I followed her to a meeting with the 12-step program. But even as anonymous, we quickly get very close to each other.

How do you help them?

- By listening, answering questions and telling them about how it was for me when I was at the bottom, and how I got on. I also give concrete advice on things that have helped me, it can be about creating new habits in everyday life, or about where they can turn for professional help. Several of my chat friends went to see an addiction center or follow the 12-step program. What do you get out of being an angel?

- Helping others is perhaps the very best way to feel better yourself! I get perspective on my life, it also helps me stay sober. I recognize myself in everyone I chat with and am reminded of how it was for me. Anna believes that simplicity is an explanation for the chat quickly becoming popular.

- Seeking professional help can feel like a big step. You need to call and book an appointment - sometimes without even getting help, but simply end up in a queue. At Angelchat you can take the first step, it only takes a few minutes to get started.

About Angelchat

Social media and loneliness are threats to mental health. Angelchat empowers people by allowing them to connect with those they share unique experiences with. The app’s founders possess over 15 years of experience from P2P mentoring and have previously successfully scaled up tech businesses worldwide. To date, Angelchat has raised over $700,000 from renowned investors and currently helps thousands of users regain their confidence and self-worth. For more information visit