by Nestor Velez
The problem we solve: There are almost 60 million Americans suffering from mental illness. Only half of these Americans receive mental health care. Mental health care is pricey, with 45 percent of the untreated citing cost as a barrier. Not only are mental health conditions expensive, they are the most expensive, costing Americans over $201 billion a year.
About our solution: We are developing an intuitive software application that learns the mental health needs of the user. The software then distributes pre-recorded audio content from professionals such as counselors and therapists to name a few, specific to each user, based on their needs and interests to positively affect change in their lives and mental condition. By offering a 24/7 on demand platform we can cut mental health care costs drastically by promoting preventative care through our platform and also partner with counselors and therapists to use our platform as an extension to their practice.Progress to date:The prototype will be done by the end of August 2016. We have three Universities that have agreed to pilot the program. All together the Universities have over 35,000 students.
Creator: Nestor Velez
Location: New York
Education: St. John's University
Bio: I've always been the leader of the group from childhood into my adult life. My friends always followed my lead and I organized everything and anything we did. My passion has always been helping others. I always knew whether it be in my career or as a business owner, I would do something that helped others. I didn't find that throughout my career. I finally found what I was meant to do to help the world... InspireInYou
How we will improve Depression CareOur entire mission is focused around depression. Our app is on demand 24/7. If you are suffering from depression at any time, anywhere, pick up the app and it will have a list of content to listen to, specifically for the user based on how they are feeling. If you are currently seeing a therapist or counselor, we will also be working with them as a platform for continuation of care. We aim to be an extension of their private practice. Now you have access to them 24/7. Listen to all their content and other material they will add specifically for you!
How we will make the lives of those who suffer from depression betterFor us this is just the start. We have many ideas that will will continue implementing and testing to further our mission. The end goal is to help people and drastically lower the cost of mental health care.
Can't wait to try it out!
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