There is a growing and unmet need for mental health services for children.
Mentally and emotionally healthy children are more successful in school and in life.
Good mental health is critical to children's success in school and in life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social-emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also encompasses social, emotional and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life's challenges. Left unmet, mental health problems are linked to costly negative outcomes such as academic and behavior problems, dropping out and delinquency.
Prior to the pandemic, schools were seeing a growing need for mental health services. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five children and adolescents experience a mental health problem during their school years. This includes stress, anxiety, bullying, family problems, depression, and alcohol and substance abuse. Serious mental health problems, such as self-injurious behaviors and suicide, are on the rise. COVID-19 will further compound the challenges faced by school administrators both during and in the aftermath.
Mindy is here to help.
Mindy improves students' emotional wellbeing.
School administrators face many challenges when it comes to serving the needs of students requiring mental health care. Challenges include cost, location, availability and stigma. Mindy is a conversational chatbot that delivers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Mindy delivers an efficient and more cost-effective alternative for treating depression and anxiety.
Mindy, evidenced based approached provides emotional support by having automated chat conversations with people, through text messaging or HIPAA and GDPR compliant instant messaging apps. These chat conversations simply start with "How are you?" and continue in a similar way as a coach or psychologist would. Mindy provides students with mental health coping skills foster emotional wellbeing and resilience, provide education and connect users with resources.
Easy to deploy
Deploying Mindy is easy. Students can access Mindy via the HIPAA secure app MindTrac which is available in Google Suite for Education, Android and iOS app stores or by simply texting the Mindy phone number. Mindy engages students in private and secure personalized sessions. Mindy learns the student's emotional patterns and engages accordingly. If a crisis is detected, Mindy alerts a crisis counselor who is on standby and able to take over the conversation in real time. Students can be connected to on-demand or schedule a session with a mental health professional from the HealthPort.