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Like ‘Uber’ for therapy: Snapclarity mental health app is accessible and sustainable

By Kate Tenenhouse on July 18, 2016

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Terri Storey, founder of the new mental health app snapclarity describes it in a nutshell as “the Uber of therapy.”

The app will match a user to a therapist or coach, showing their rating and expertise, with the capability to text and even video calls via FaceTime.

A prototype of the app is ready and will soon launch a trial program in two communities. For Aboriginal youth in Cross Lake, Manitoba as well as in Storey’s hometown of Woodstock, Ontario.

“There are a lot of complex issues in Aboriginal communities but youth suicide is across our country, so that’s why we said Woodstock and plus it’s my hometown as well,” Storey says in a phone interview.

Cross Lake was in the news this March when Manitoba First Nation declared a state of emergency due to what has been referred to as a “suicide epidemic.”

Woodstock made headlines last month when students walked out to raise awareness about the suicide crisis in the area.

The program will see 100 youth (50 in each town) receive phones with the app. Storey is currently in talks with telecommunications companies that will provide the phones and data plans. The youth participants will then be able to provide feedback and thoughts on the app.

Storey is the executive director of Terrace Wellness Group and has been working in the mental health field for 20 years. She says what youth really need in these communities is sustainable support.

“We can say this is something that’s accessible, everyone can have it,” she says about snapclarity.

After the three-month trial, Storey says, “We’ll have the full product ready by, the deadline right now is the end of January 2017, and that will be our launch. We’re starting in Canada first.”

“Anything can happen,” she adds later.

Storey says she wants to change the way people think about mental health and “change the brand of it,” but it’s more than that.

“It’s not just talking about it and ending the stigma. It’s actually giving solutions with good outcomes.”

To learn more about snapclarity, visit the app’s Indiegogo page.

Read more about the Terrace Youth Wellness Centre.

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