App offers free mental health counselling anywhere, anytime

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Spotted: A UK startup is offering an app that gives free access to registered mental health professionals. Called Spill, it is offered for free to employees and students of participating companies and universities. The chat-based app features an on-demand service in which callers can reach out for help anytime. They are matched with counsellors and therapists affiliated with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The app encourages contacting counsellors to talk about everyday stresses, not just mental health crises. It also strives to make mental health a habit by encouraging daily check-ins and tasks.

Spill co-founder Calvin Benton said the app enables “counselling work fit for the 21st century”.

Takeaway: An estimated one in four people in the world suffer from mental disorders. Spill is one of a growing number of apps aimed at providing the help they need. Mental health apps make a lot of sense. They are portable, accessible, more affordable than professional therapies, and give sufferers who don’t seek professional help some relief. 84% of existing Spill users have not previously accessed any mental health guidance or counselling, according to the company. Investors see potential too. Spill recently received €760k in seed funding from Passion Capital, Seedcamp and angel investors — founder Julian Callede and Urban co-founder Jack Tang. Springwise has spotted other innovations addressing mental health, including a sensor that uses breathing patterns to track mood.

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