239: iExhale Uses Technology To Offer Virtual Mental Health Services
Three-quarters of all mental health conditions emerge by the age of 24, but getting help is expensive and 55% of the nation’s 3,100 counties don’t even have a single practicing psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker.
That’s why Aaron Robin (32) has founded the “Uber” of mental therapy offering 24/7 on-demand access to licensed professionals. Called iExhale, it’s recently launched in California (coming nationwide soon)
iExhale is an app that you can download right to your iPhone (Android and desktop in the works) with tons of features for anyone who needs a helping hand, or has a hand to lend:
- Getting started is easy with Meet a Therapist, a free 48-hour period meant to help users and therapists get to know one another with no commitment.
- A therapist will then call on a secure line, and it does not require a monthly subscription so one-off sessions ($64.99) can be booked at any time.
- You can also browse an anonymous social support network that gives you a lot of ways to support others and get supported in a fun and nurturing environment.
- It lets you share your thoughts and feelings without fear of being teased or bullied thanks to safeguards built into the app.
- It’s HIPPA- and COPPA-compliant, and every therapist goes through a thorough vetting process to ensure they are qualified and licensed.
In a recent study teens who were counseled over the phone had just as much success as those who met therapists face-to-face, and research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of talk therapy, works just as well on the phone or over Skype as with in-person session.
I invited Aaron Robin, the founder of iExhale onto the Tech Blog Writer Podcast to learn more about how technology and our smartphone is ensuring help is always available when we need the most.