A new mental health app is now available just as the country struggles with a myriad of mental health issues while in quarantine. Founders Drew Katnik and Ray Truong are launching Carity, an app for people living with the challenges of mental health issues. Features include groups and resources organized by specific issues, realtime connection with other users, and access to licensed therapists.
Carity is coming at a time when one in four adults experience mental illness, with rates only soaring in recent years, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S. Carity is addressing many of the challenges that have made it difficult for so long to get the proper help and support. By bringing people together through shared experiences and vulnerabilities, Carity provides a platform to help users cope with their struggles by engaging with a new online.
For the past year, Katnik and Truong have been committed to developing the app by working with professionals in the field to meet the needs of its target users. “Social platforms have been a big part of my life, as it has for many of my peers,” said Ray Truong, Carity co-founder. “But the current data show that increased usage of social apps can actually result in higher rates of loneliness and depression. Our app leverages the digital space to offer a real human connection.”
“In college, I was disappointed and frustrated there was not a place to openly discuss my mental health-related issues without feeling embarrassed and isolated,” said Drew Katnik, Cofounder of Carity. “What inspired me to create this product with Ray was the opportunity to be a part of the solution in creating a community that truly cares for each other.”
Drew and Ray come from backgrounds in growth equity, business development, and product management. They both live in Los Angeles, CA.
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