Breaking the Silence: The Rising Tide of Mental Health Challenges
In this ever-evolving world, a silent struggle echoes – the battle for mental well-being. Discover the untold story of minds navigating modern challenges.
After the pandemic, our lives have turned upside down affecting not just our physical health but also our mental. After Covid-19 pandemic the anxiety and depression issues have grown worldwide.
Let’s look at numbers to understand more
- Depression symptoms have increased from 193 million people in the world to 246 million which is about 28% 🤯
- Furthermore, anxiety disorders have increased from 298 million people to 374 million which means a 25% rise 😲
Every year, about one in five persons have a mental health issue, and over 70% of those individuals do not receive medical attention.
We witness mental health issues all around us but the problem is that most of the people who feel this way don’t seek medical attention.
Imagine you have a mental health issue but you are unable to talk with someone who could help. It feels like being alone in a crowd. Isn’t it?
Digital Wellness at Your Fingertips: Mobile Phones as Tools for Mental Health Support
Now, let’s talk about something that can help you treat your mental illness conveniently….
And what can be more convenient for you than your mobile phone as mobile phone users are increasing day by day?
According to the most recent data, mobile phone subscribers have increased for the seventh month in a row in July 2023. This data includes 1.38 million new mobile phones and 1.54 million new internet users.
More than 118.79 million people use mobile internet, and 12.15 million people utilize broadband, out of the total number of internet users.
The rise of mobile phones and internet users tells us that they are a helpful tool for treating mental health-related issues
Now let’s think about the stories these data have created and look at the journey of mental health mobile app discovery
Healing in Your Hands: The Revolution of Mental Health Mobile Apps
A question might arise in your mind: Why use mobile apps when websites offer the same assistance
So, I believe that there must be some sensible reasons that made companies to launch their websites
So, just think…. How often do you visit websites? Can you access them from anywhere you are? Don’t you get irritated when websites are taking too long to load?
Similarly, websites have several challenges such as:
- It is necessary to have an internet connection to access websites whereas apps do not require it.
- Websites are less convenient to navigate on a mobile browser but apps are much easier
- Websites also lack certain features that are available in apps such as push notifications which help users get reminders of exercises or appointments
- The most important thing that companies experience is that if websites do not offer subscriptions, in-app purchases, or other revenue-generating features, the company may miss out on potential monetization opportunities
- Businesses need mobile apps for a variety of reasons. According to a Sensor Tower analysis, spending on mobile apps reached $133 billion in 2021, up roughly 20% from the previous year.
- Now, let’s begin to look at the case studies of a few best mental health mobile apps
1. NOCD (Know OCD and say No to the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
NOCD ( Know OCD and say no to obsessive-compulsive disorder) was founded in 2014 by Stephen Smith. It was made specifically to treat people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Treating OCD was never this much easier before NOCD….
Smith says. “I wanted to create something that would provide effective treatment and also give users a community and 24/7 support.”
nOCD got $1.25 million to make their ideas real. The app is available only on iOS for now but soon it will be made available on Android too.
Now, let’s delve into its yearly revenue generated
NOCD’s annual revenue is $2.1M and its monthly website visitors are 118k and about 100k+ app downloads till yet
2. SHINE: Your Path to Well-being
Shine is a female-dominant self-care app founded in 2016 by Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi who met as coworkers
There are six million people who use its self-guided content regularly such as meditation, self-care courses, and virtual workshops.
Interestingly, SHINE was also recognized as one of Apple’s App Store Best of 2020 winners
This app is inclusive, provides daily self-care support to the users and generates revenue of about <$5M. Also, SHINE has over 45,000 paid subscribers and 4.1k monthly website visitors.
3. Lyra Health: Illuminating the Path to Mental Wellness
Let me introduce you to another best mental health apps called Lyra Health
Lyra Health is a mental health company born from the union of two like-minded individuals who took the challenge to redefine the landscape of care.
It was founded by David Ebersman in 2015, former CFO of Facebook, and Dena Bravata, an accomplished healthcare industry veteran and physician
Lyra Health helps you to make your self-care and healing journey personalized
Imagine the availability of self-guided programs, the gentle guidance from mental health coaches, therapies, and medication management all tied together
It makes the path to healing as easy as possible. This is not it, as Lyra’s services are catering to the employees of over 2000 companies including eBay, Uber, VCA animal hospitals, and Genentech.
In this journey to healing a team of 1000 members work along with Lyra such as psychiatrists, care navigators, and licensed therapists.
Now let’s dive into the revenue stream of Lyra Health so that the valuation of Lyra Health is not available to the public as it is a private company.
This big number shows that Lyra is now one of the most important mental health startups anywhere in the world with monthly website visitors of about 26.7k and 10k+ application downloads
4. Worry Watch: Rewriting the Story of Stress and Anxiety
When it comes to digital tools for treating stress or anxiety Worry Watch is the name to remember
Worry Watch was founded by an independent developer Akilan Rajendran who was focused on mental health wellbeing apps. It was started in October 2013
Believe me, It was praised by people and mental health advocates. Worry Watch is a general app used to record and track anxiety with a few simple taps
This app has treasure in its depth, as weekly, monthly yearly- the steps of your journey take shape. The app works as a mirror reflecting your struggles and victories.
And, there in the time of iOS Worry watch awaits. For just $1.99 you get entry into this haven of self-discovery
Imagine you are dealing with stress but now you can open the door to relaxation with the Worry
Watch App on your phone 😃This app works as a dear friend and show you the direction just like a buddy saying “Let’s handle this together”
Just tap into the app and guess what? You learn how to take deep breaths🫁. It’s not just air you’re breathing, it’s calmness that goes in and stress that goes out.
The coolest part about this app is that it can talk to you and even show you the image. Apart from these features, the app also gives meditation🧘 help to so, you breathe and feel calm wherever you are.
And hey don’t forget that the app also has a journal, just like your personal diary where you can pour your heart out.
Now let’s move forward to see its prices and other statistics
Worry Watch generates $100k – $5.0M annually and has 58 visitors per month
5. Unlocking Serenity: The Magic of Smiling Mind
In the hustle and bustle of today’s modern lives, what if I tell you that calmness is just one tap away? Yes that’s true
Step into the Smiling Mind, a haven of serenity designed specifically to take care of your mind no matter your age
Smiling Mind is Australia’s top mindfulness application founded by Jane Martino and James Tutton in 2012
It takes meditation to the next level acting like a map that tracks your journey towards inner peace.
With just a few taps and a little time each day, you will be amazed to see the progress
As you dig deeper, you might ask: Can an app truly transform stress into calmness? Can it make a difference in my well-being? Smiling Mind believes it can.
In this ever-evolving world, an easy-to-use app can prove to be all that we need.
Smiling Mind’s annual revenue is currently $14.8 M with 13.1K website visitors per month and 1M+ application downloads yet
6. Youper: Your AI Companion to Emotional Wellness
In the present realm of technology, Youper comes as an innovation. It is your digital friend that reaches out to touch the very essence of our emotional well-being.
It is an AI-powered assistant that is more than just coding lines. It is a true friend, a guide, and a listener.
It was created in 2016 by experts and led by the steady hand of psychiatrist Dr. Jose Hamilton. It is not just a chatbot, it understands your needs.
Isn’t it fascinating how technology can learn the language of our emotions? How can it craft personalized techniques to soothe the storms within?
It provides emotional help via a virtual chatbot service to improve your emotional well-being. It can record mood and then provide a helpful solution to lessen poor emotional health with mindfulness.
Youper’s estimated annual revenue is currently $630k per year with 16k monthly website visitors and 1M+ application downloads to date.