It should come as no surprise that there is a mental health crisis among teens and young adults. More than 25 million 13-24 year-olds in the U.S. alone will experience mental health problems this year. Depression and anxiety are the most common, with nearly 1 in 7 teens experiencing clinically significant depression and up to 1 in 4 reporting clinically significant social or generalized anxiety. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults.
Since founding Joon Care, our team has been hard at work creating a new model for adolescent and young adult mental health care. Our innovative approach combines the best of live therapy with a digital solution to support mental health skill-building. Our clients have regular, scheduled, one-on-one sessions with a dedicated therapist trained in working with youth. And, between sessions, the Joon app reinforces the work of therapy with regular assessment, on-demand relaxation and coping resources, skill-building tools, and notifications to keep on track.
Joon Care meets or exceeds industry standards for outpatient therapy for adolescent depression and anxiety. One way of examining effectiveness is whether symptoms decrease with treatment. At Joon Care, our clients show on average a 35% reduction in daily depression symptoms and a 33% reduction in daily anxiety symptoms after treatment. ¹
Another way to examine treatment effectiveness is whether clients who start treatment meeting diagnostic criteria for anxiety or depression improve such that they no longer meet criteria for that diagnosis. At Joon, more than half of our clients meet criteria for a depression or anxiety disorder when they start therapy. But after treatment with Joon Care, more than 50% of clients have recovered from anxiety and more than 45% have recovered from depression. This meets or exceeds the recovery rates found in published studies of evidence-based treatment for youth anxiety and depression. ²
Adolescents, young adults and their families face many barriers to accessing high quality care, including therapist availability, cost, and stigma. One persistent challenge is that all too often treatment programs attempt to take therapies designed for children or older adults and simply apply them to this population.
But adolescents and young adults are a unique mental health population that require a specialized mental health solution:
That’s where Joon Care steps in – we are the first integrated mental health care solution that leverages technology to combine the best of live therapy with a qualified clinician with a mobile app that supports treatment with on-demand and customized skill-building tools. Joon Care provides evidence-based, skills-focused, and personalized care – all designed specifically for teens and young adults, and with the data to prove that it works.
¹ Anxiety and depression symptoms are assessed with the GAD-7 and PHQ-9 respectively.
² Kennard et al. (2009) reported recovery rates of 19% (after 12 weeks) and 27% (after 18 weeks) for outpatient CBT for youth depression; Kodal et al. (2017) reported recovery rate of 43% after outpatient CBT for youth anxiety.