The need for accessible, quality mental health care is as high today as it’s ever been. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately half of 13-24 years-olds will experience a mental health disorder. COVID-19 has only amplified the high levels of anxiety, depression and stress among youth. In fact, our research indicates that since quarantining began, teens and young adults are reporting significantly more loneliness, anger and suicidal thoughts.
Equally concerning, about two thirds of youth and young adults with diagnosable depression or anxiety will not receive any counseling or support. Today, there are simply too many barriers to accessing mental health care.
Fortunately, there is an extensive body of research that shows how to help developing minds learn to manage stress, regulate emotions, cope with anxiety and depression, and be more resilient. And, because most lifetime mental health conditions emerge between ages 13 and 24, this is the best time to teach these life-long mental health skills.
In partnership with Joon Care co-founder, Josh Herst, and an amazing team of clinicians, developers and designers, I’m excited to be on the forefront of leveraging technology to bring this research to life. Together, we can make quality mental health care accessible to more youth and families.
Our vision is to create a new model for mental health care, designed specifically for youth and young adults, that integrates the benefits of one-on-one therapy sessions with a mobile app-based experience. Our approach is evidence-based, skills-focused and personalized for each individual client.
If you are the parent or guardian of a teenager (age 13+) or you are a young adult (18+) and are interested in learning about Joon's teletherapy service or if you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you. You can schedule a free consultation or send me an email.
Dr. Amy Mezulis, Co-Founder & Chief Psychologist