Mental Health Resources for Expats in Germany

by Tia Robinson

Caring for your mental health is essential no matter where you live, and an extra challenge when you are living abroad: Here's Expath's collection of mental healthcare providers, resources, sites, apps and more, to help you get support as an expat in Germany.

Using the 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 Doctolib, Jameda, 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:

Therapists in Berlin/Online (Paid)

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:

Free Hotlines and 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

  • 7cupsonline 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

Apps for Mental Health, Meditation, and More

Here's a collection of the Expath staff's favorite apps for mental health:

  • 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

More FREE Resources and Websites

  • MHANationalquick and free check on anxiety, depression, etc.

  • Open Counselinghotlines 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 berlinFacebook group

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