Schools on Long Island are required to provide health education that must include instruction on mental health. Per the State Education Department, the purpose is to ensure that the instruction enhances student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity.
Counslr is a New York-based startup founded in late 2019 with the mission of making mental health support more accessible for students, and to better reach the traditionally unreachable. This Organization uses evidence-based research to maximize the ability of teenagers to receive timely support while being available 24/7/365. One type of readily available support entails using cell phone technology, something that most students are very familiar and comfortable with. The Organization partners with high schools to provide all students with unlimited access to text-based mental health support from licensed counselors at no direct cost. Accessible via a HIPAA, FERPA, and NYS-2D compliant mobile app, students can engage in live sessions on-demand in under 2 minutes, or by scheduled appointment. The Counslr mobile app is available on iOS and Android devices and guarantees a sub-2-minute response time at all hours of the day, 7 days a week.
The Counslr solution can reach someone in the early stages of a mental health crisis and may prevent years of suffering and alleviate long-term disability. The accessibility and ease of use of the app can allow students to address mild symptoms in a timely manner before they evolve into something more severe.
Counslr is a solution that will be accessible for the vast majority of adolescents. Furthermore, as Counslr is free to students and requires no insurance information, a significant hurdle to care is completely eliminated.