Expensive Therapy Sessions? Meet the Australian App revolutionizing affordability in the mental health space
Financial restraints are one of the major barriers to mental health treatment. Although there are regulatory reforms in some countries that seek to improve access to behavioral and mental health services, a lot of individuals still worry about the cost of therapy.
Generally, therapy ranges from $65 per hour to $250 or more. In most areas, a person can expect to pay $100 to $200 per session.
Lyf Support, a 24/7 mental health help app, is one of the online apps that provide affordable mental health help services to the world. It is disrupting the normal avenues of therapy and paving the way into digital health by offering instant, text-based therapy at a low price.
The app aims to make communicating with mental health specialists accessible to the masses, especially those who may have avoided getting professional help due to exorbitant fees.
Eddie Wittenberg, the founder of the company, believes that mental health services should be available to everyone.
"We want to free up the lifeline hotlines for the people who really need them. Take the pressure off the current systems and give people someone to talk to when they need more than a hotline call. We want to make affordable text counseling available to anyone who's feeling down, anxious, confused, or lost," says Eddie.
Wittenberg developed Lyf Support to address problems with the current mental healthcare system, such as long waiting periods and a lack of immediate and affordable mental help.
They provide pay-as-you-go (PAYG) accessibility at a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy. Each session is part of an ongoing conversation, available to the user when they feel they need it or want it.
"Being able to prioritize your mental health and wellbeing is never a luxury - it's a necessity," says Eddie.
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