New App Lets You Talk About Dark Times in a Judgment-Free Zone
While some studies suggest the overuse of technology may be linked to depression, one networking app is using the powers of social media for good. TalkLife, a peer-to-peer support app, builds a safe, supportive community for people to share their true feelings instead of hiding behind filters.
In 2012, Jamie Druitt, 48, from London, created TalkLife after dealing with his own mental health issues.
“I started to wonder, ‘Where do young people go to talk about dark issues in a safe space?’” he told The Mighty.
But Druitt describes TalkLife as an early intervention app, not a substitute for therapy.
“It’s often the first step to talking to a professional, but peer-to-peer isn’t for everyone,” Druitt said. The app has a list of mental health resources and trained volunteers moderate it. Volunteers go through a screening process and are usually drawn from the TalkLife community.
“[We’re] bringing the call center mindset into 2015,” Druitt said. “It’s about people giving each other hope.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.