Young people's mental health is deteriorating. Sven Bremberg, pediatrician and adolescent doctor and associate professor of social medicine at Karolinska Institutet and Ing-Marie Wieselgren, psychiatrist and national coordinator for psychiatric issues in Swedish municipalities and regions spoke in a recent pod about how valuable it is for young people to discuss their personal challenges with peers and non-professionals. The acclaimed Angelchat app offers just that.
Stockholm, Sweden, February 25, 2022
The effect of talking to someone who listens emphatically is striking and can be viewed as remarkable, says Sven Bremberg, who also believes that it is important not to burden the healthcare system with challenges that young people experience as emotionally difficult but that should not be considered as mental illness. These issues should rather, to a large extent be managed and treated by talking to non- professionals.
To help people find someone they can relate to, Johan Bergenudd and Karolina Öman started the app Angelchat. Since launch, it has been downloaded over 100,000 times and on a typical day, hundreds of users are inside the app to seek or offer support as angels.
“We felt that there was a lack of a channel where people can both offer and seek support for personal challenges. Given that there is virtually always someone who has already gone through the same thing that you are currently suffering from, that knowledge should be made available, as it’s truly valuable to the one who suffers.” says Karolina.
Angelchat's core is the app's matching algorithm that combines a large number of data points based on the user's profile, demographics and activity to match people who are most likely to be able to relate to each other.
“Something that is fascinating is that those who provide support get an opportunity to turn their most difficult challenges into their strongest assets by helping others. This means that the app is equally important for both parties and that you can remain in the app and offer support to someone else when you feel better. ” Johan explains.
Social media and loneliness are threats to mental health. Angelchat empowers people by allowing them to connect with those they share unique experiences with. The app’s founders possess over 15 years of experience from P2P mentoring and have previously successfully scaled up tech businesses worldwide. To date, Angelchat has raised over $700,000 from renowned investors and currently helps thousands of users regain their confidence and self-worth. For more information visit https://en.angelchat.io/