Empower Interactive: Online Tools for Battling Depression & Anxiety

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Empower Interactive: Online Tools for Battling Depression & Anxiety

United States
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Empower provides unprecedented accessibility to leading psychotherapy methodologies for managing stress, anxiety and depression. This accessibility is delivered via an online platform that provides tools for managing these issues using proven evidence-based psychotherapy methods, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for employers, government entities and consumers.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Treating anxiety and depression is expensive and inaccessible, due to issues of stigma, location, convenience, and trust. The two primary mechanisms for treatment, pharmacology and talk therapy, are expensive and fraught with issues including logistics (for talk therapy) and side effects (for pharmacology). Those who chose not to get treated negatively impact their quality of life and reduce their productivity for their employers. People deserve more accessible, secure, and convenient solutions to benefit from the evidence-based skills of modern psychotherapy.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Empower disrupts the $300B+ behavioral & mental health market by leveraging the accessibility and economics of the internet. Traditionally, sufferers have been limited to inconvenient and expensive approaches based on pharmacology and talk therapy. Modern web capabilities - both in security and user interface design - enable us to provide a engaging and impactful experience to those looking for help.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The head of our clinical advisory board, Dr. Jesse Wright, MD, PhD, has positively impacted thousands of people who suffer from depression via his predecessor DVD program, Good Days Ahead (GDA). Our new online platform will provide an even more accessible and user friendly experience to many more people.
About You
Your idea
Country and state your work focuses on
Innovation
Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
Actions

We are moving forward in product, customer and partner efforts.
- Product development: continuing to develop our online platform
- Customer development: ongoing pilots and discussions with several large public and private entities
- Partner development: finding and partnering with complementary products and projects to further our distribution

Results

The results of these actions will include a complete first version of our online platform and several successful deployments, resulting in the program's broad use.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

All Years:
- Retention and recruiting of key team members (clinicians, designers, developers, sales, business development)
- Broad deployment at a significant entity
- Financial support to supplement revenues as needed

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Delays in any of the above success factors.

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.
How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

N/A

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Complete the platform and deploy the platform.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

I was exploring innovations in cognitive and brain sciences and came across the existing research on successfully adapting cognitive behavioral therapy to software to create cost-effective, accessible outcomes for sufferers of depression and anxiety - massive problems for our society, for individuals and as a whole. Our team realized we could combine this research with cutting edge persuasive technology design to create highly compelling yet inexpensive tools that could help millions of people.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Empower is a team effort that combines psychotherapy (Dr. Jesse Wright, MD PhD), design (Kara Chanasyk), and internet (Eve Phillips) experience.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

50 words or fewer