Personalized Mental Health Care for Teens and Young Adults That Works
At Joon Care, we're building a comprehensive set of solutions to address the full range of teen mental health needs from short-term counseling to weekly or intensive therapy options for clients with clinical depression, anxiety or other disorders. The data confirms that Joon Care works with effectiveness rates that meet or exceed industry standards for outpatient therapy for adolescent depression and anxiety. On average, our clients experience 20% symptom reduction after just 4 weeks and up to 30% symptom reduction after treatment is completed. And the majority of our clients with clinical depression or anxiety recover after treatment with Joon Care.
Clinical: ≥ 10 on GAD/PHQ at intake; Severe: ≥ 15 on GAD/PHQ at intake. Recovery is defined as being below the clinical cutoff (< 10) for 50% or more of the prior 4 weeks.
What makes Joon Care effective?
Joon Care was designed specifically for the unique needs of 13-24 year olds.
Teens are not simply older children or younger adults. This developmental period is characterized by rapid brain development, emerging emotion and behavior regulation skills, and an onslaught of new life challenges. Transitions to middle school, high school, college, and work; peer relationships and pressure; conflict with parents over rules, boundaries, and expectations; and social contexts such as COVID – the list of stressors facing today's youth is never ending. Trying to cope with these demands while still learning how to regulate emotions and behaviors is a real challenge. It is no wonder that recent data shows the majority of teens report clinically significant depression and/or anxiety symptoms, and that mental health problems ranging from loneliness to disordered eating to suicidality are on the rise.
Joon Care recognizes that treatment approaches designed for children or adults often do not translate effectively to teens. Compared to other age groups, teens are more likely to have co-occurring symptoms and clinical needs that change during treatment. They also need mental health solutions that honor their emerging independence and individuality balanced with supports such as appointment reminders or appropriate parental involvement.
Joon Care's comprehensive and personalized approach to care means we can adjust the type and level of care to each teen's needs. And our digital tool set supports our care model – our innovative provider platform provides clinicians with immediate access to client symptom, assessment, and skills practice data to support the planning and delivery of care and the client mobile app provides on-demand and customized skill-building tools along with session notifications and schedule reminders. The result is a data-driven, personalized, and highly flexible model of care for this age group.
Personalized: A growing body of research supports the use of a modular therapy approach over traditional treatment for teens. In traditional manualized therapy, every client with depression or anxiety gets the exact same 12, 16, or 20 week treatment plan – same skills, delivered in the same order, to every single client. But with Joon Care, clinicians have a technology-enabled menu of evidence-based treatment options and live assessment data to help them constantly adjust and personalize treatment to each client. The core components of evidence-based care are broken into individual modules that can be mixed and matched uniquely to each client. That means that one client with depression and co-occurring anxiety might start with cognitive reappraisal followed by relaxation skills, while another might start with relaxation skills and exposure therapy before moving on to cognitive skills. Clients who are new to therapy or more resistant might start with foundational skills, psychoeducation, and rapport-building activities, while clients who have been in therapy before may move right into more advanced coping skills.
Evidence-based: Science is clear that the main components of effective therapy are (1) a trusted relationship with a qualified professional; (2) appropriate evidence-based treatment approach; and (3) generalization of the skills learned in therapy to real life. Many teletherapy platforms or digital solutions offer no access to a qualified therapist, or do not guarantee the client will have the same therapist from session to session, or only allow their clients to interact with therapists via text. Many others offer unstructured supportive therapy that does not deliver any evidence-based treatment. With Joon Care, all clients have a dedicated provider with a demonstrated track record working specifically with teens and young adults, and they meet with their dedicated provider for live, scheduled, face-to-face sessions that allow them to develop rapport and trust. All treatment is scientifically supported. Our treatment interventions rely on the demonstrated practices of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavior therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and other science-backed approaches. These interventions have been shown in dozens upon dozens of studies to be effective in treating adolescent and young adult depression, anxiety, self-injury, and other mental health problems.
Engaging: Our goal at Joon Care is to help clients build new skills for recognizing and regulating emotions, thoughts, and behaviors so that they can feel better and function better. But until now, clinicians have struggled to get teens and young adults to practice the skills learned in therapy in their daily lives. Options for at-home resources have been limited and uninspiring (in this digital age, a photocopied worksheet is unlikely to engage a teen or young adult!). The Joon mobile app allows clients to track moods, challenge thoughts, report their weekly symptoms, watch a video on a CBT skill, and access on-demand guided meditations. The therapist's reach is extended from the live session into clients' daily experience with digital reminders, notifications, and customized messages to encourage skill practice and help clients stay on track with treatment goals. Our student advisory board provides regular feedback to ensure the mobile app experience is fun, engaging, and age appropriate.
The Joon Care platform gets teens the mental health support they need, when they need it, and how they need it.
Amy Mezulis, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her BA from Harvard University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Mezulis provides services to older children, adolescents and adults utilizing an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral approach that includes mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments. Dr. Mezulis has specialized training in mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, suicidality and self-injury, trauma, substance use, and adolescent development. She is currently a professor in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University.
If you or a member of your family needs help right away, please call 911 or visit your local emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741).