mental health

  • ThriveTracker Gamifies Mood Tracking With Real World Rewards

    ThriveTracker Gamifies Mood Tracking With Real World Rewards

    ThriveTracker, a new app developed by Adrian Cunanan, who has bipolar disorder, wants to encourage people to keep tracking their mood with a points system that can earn them real world rewards like gift cards and MP3 downloads. Read More

  • MoodHacker Wants To Create Happier Workplaces

    MoodHacker Wants To Create Happier Workplaces

    Depression doesn’t just ravage a person’s mental well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control, depression is also one of the leading causes of workplace absenteeism. It is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost of $17 billion to $44 billion for employers. Now a health technology company Orcas wants to help boost psychological well-being through… Read More

  • Founders On Depression

    Founders On Depression

    Last month, I wrote a post asking people working in startups to seek help if they are dealing with depression. It was a personal plea, because I have dealt with depressive episodes since I was a teenager and hate thinking about other people suffering without support. The scope of my advice is┬álimited, however, because I don’t have the experience of balancing the emotional and… Read More

  • Non-Profit Stupid Cancer’s Support App Instapeer Is Seeking Funds On Indiegogo

    Non-Profit Stupid Cancer’s Support App Instapeer Is Seeking Funds On Indiegogo

    When Matthew Zachary was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 21 and told he had just six months to live, one of the hardest things to cope with was loneliness. It was 1995 and there was very little in the way of online resources. Read More

  • We Need To Talk About Depression

    We Need To Talk About Depression

    Building a startup is like climbing a mountain and being told you’ll only get the gear you need–harnesses, helmets, bottled oxygen–as you struggle toward the peak. Long hours away from family, responsibility to investors and users, and the fear of failure are extremely stressful and they sometimes coalesce into something more severe. Read More

  • Pixelberry Studios Tackles Teenagers’ Body-Image Issues With A New Mobile Game

    Pixelberry Studios Tackles Teenagers’ Body-Image Issues With A New Mobile Game

    According to recent studies, 80 percent of teenage girls and 20 percent of boys in the U.S. have struggled with negative body image. So Pixelberry Studios and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) teamed up to create a mobile game that educates teens about developing a health attitude toward their bodies and avoiding eating disorders. Read More

  • Love My Provider Helps Parents Of Autistic Children Find The Best Services

    Love My Provider Helps Parents Of Autistic Children Find The Best Services

    While working as an autism specialist for the state of California, behavioral psychologist Sara Gershfeld met hundreds of families and realized they all faced the same challenges while seeking care for their children. To help them, Gershfeld created Love My Provider, a directory and review site of therapists and other professionals who work with autistic children. Read More

  • ThriveOn Wants To Make Mental Health Care Affordable And Accessible

    ThriveOn Wants To Make Mental Health Care Affordable And Accessible

    Since 1986, spending on mental health has equaled about one percent of the U.S. economy. So much is at stake that it’s surprising how few tech companies focus on mental health. A gradually growing roster of startups, however, want to make it easy for people who are struggling through an emotionally difficult time to find help. Now ThriveOn is getting ready to join that group. Read More

  • Puzzle Piece’s $19 Tablets Help Children With Autism Learn Social Skills

    Puzzle Piece’s $19 Tablets Help Children With Autism Learn Social Skills

    Almost as soon as the iPad came out, parents and therapists began incorporating apps into autism therapy. Many parents, however, cannot afford to buy a device for their child. New startup Puzzle Piece hopes to make tech ubiquitous for all families with autistic children by making and selling an Android tablet for just $19. Read More