Amaan Jiwani, the co-founder of FeelU, recently told reporters: Most experts and professionals agree that early intervention for individuals suffering from mental health issues makes a tremendous difference. The FeelU organization, which is specifically tailored for school students, is designed to provide a simple to use, confidential, comfortable tool that it within their reach. It is likely that in the first instance, Jiwani, who is a 17-year-old junior at high school, is able to connect more with those from his own age group, compared to older medical professionals, who students may be reluctant to reach out to, for reasons connected with stigma or the feeling that they will not be understood.
FeelU Offers More Than Crisis Management
Within the sphere of crisis management, the FeelU app has all the necessary lifelines and hotlines in place. However, as Jiwani notes, “Mental health cannot just be crisis management [as if that is all there is available, then] no wonder things keep getting worse. In today’s highly public and social media, viral video world, young people are very concerned about how they look, and are perceived by their peers in and outside of school. The apprehension towards visiting a school psychologist’s office, with the fear of public ridicule, is preventing opportunities for early intervention in many of the most prevalent mental health challenges faced by students today”.
The students who use this web and mobile messaging app, find it very easy to use. Moreover, it empowers them to anonymously interact with their selected counselors and psychologists in complete privacy. All schools can apply to join this scheme, regardless of their size and level, can link up to the FeelU™ app. In cases when schools have suitable counselors and psychologists employed by them, a system is set up to enable them to receive alerts and messages whenever a student wants to start up a conversation.
Being an app that can be used 24/7, makes it a powerful tool in the fight against adolescent mental health. If for example, a student is very depressed in the middle of the night, or on a weekend, then they can access the FeelU platform, and link up with a lifeline or hotline; or send a message to a counselor or psychologist. – In many cases, just getting things down in words, can seem like a lot of weight has been lifted from a student’s mind. This could be down to feeling that their problems are being shared with someone who will not judge them; and/or the hope that professional help will get them back to positive mental health.
A Global Mission
feelu.org is actively looking for advisors and partners from all over the world in order to combat adolescent mental health. Their motto is Be Heard…Anonymously.