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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to reflect on the state of mental health, create awareness, break stigma and facilitate dialogues around mental health. At HearMe, we have been committed to supporting these efforts and advocating for the ability for everyone to have access to the support and resources they need. Here are four things you should know this Mental Health Awareness Month:

  1. The Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month comes at a time when the world has lost more than three million people due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with this…


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In February 2021, Japan announced the appointment of its first-ever Minister of Loneliness following an alarming increase over the past few years in the number of deaths from suicide. This may be a rarely heard appointment of a ministerial position in any country, yet Japan is not the only one to take such measures to tackle loneliness and social isolation. In 2018, UK’s then-Prime Minister Theresa May appointed the country’s first Minister of Loneliness after a 2017 Jo Cox Commision report found that more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely. The U.S. …


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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, data were pointing to a mental health crisis among young people in the US, with financial, academic, family, relationships and employment factors putting a mental strain on the country’s youth. In 2018, about 8.9 million young people aged 18–25 years, or nearly 1 in every 3, reported having any mental illness. The pandemic and its impact on our daily lives has made this crisis even more acute. …


Vulnerability as a true practice in self improvement

In recent years, self-care has become a multi-billion dollar industry, a never-ending self improvement quest and a method of escapism. But self-care isn’t just face masks and $10 green juices.

True self-care isn’t about running away from our problems but walking through them. The oft quoted statement — “wherever you go, you take yourself with you” — is a great illustration of what I mean by this. Self-care is to do what is best for your physical, emotional and mental health and is key to having a positive relationship with yourself…


When I was younger, I found myself at AA, and the impact it had on my life was slow but powerful in a million different ways. Beyond recovery, AA taught me one of the most fundamental lessons of life — how to listen and be listened to in return.

In college, I had an image of myself in a box inside a box while “real life” happened all around me. I would go days without talking to another person, and even when I was surrounded by people, I would hide behind achievements to forget how deeply lonely I felt.

I…


Loneliness. It has been called a growing health epidemic in the U.S., and with good reason.

Almost half of those in the U.S. say they often or always feel lonely, according to a recent study by healthcare services firm, Cigna. This is a significant and worrying statistic, because loneliness and a feeling of isolation are associated with dementia, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and reduced lifespan.

Loneliness has the same impact from a health standpoint as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, in fact, and it is even more dangerous than obesity.

So if half the population is lonely and isolated, we…


Loneliness and disconnect is one of the signal problems of our generation.

The age of smartphones and social media might connect us 24×7, but it also isolates us because to a large degree because we now go through our day talking and interacting with a lot less people than even 20 years ago. And this has huge effects.

Data from the Center for Disease Control and other government health agencies estimate that loneliness directly or indirectly costs the U.S. roughly $960 billion per year in the form of major depression, suicide and addiction. The British government even recently appointed a…

Adam Lippin

CEO and Founder of HearMe.app, Co-founder of Cuddlist.com, Founder of Atomic Wings (exited)

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