Kinde peo­ple may help ease your prob­lems

Llanelli Star - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

WHEN it comes to men­tal health, so­cial me­dia apps aren’t al­ways help­ful. But Kinde is new plat­form aim­ing to counter that by build­ing a car­ing on­line com­mu­nity where users can help each other to over­come is­sues like PTSD, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. It’s a so­cial feed where users can post about their feel­ings and oth­ers can re­spond with ad­vice and sup­port.

The app, cur­rently avail­able on iPhone, was founded by 29-yearold en­tre­pre­neur Na­dia James – who has suf­fered with de­pres­sion – af­ter find­ing re­cov­ery through the kind­ness of strangers at a well­be­ing re­treat. She be­lieves shar­ing your prob­lems with peo­ple who have had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences, can make all the dif­fer­ence.

The sign up process is easy. Af­ter down­load­ing the app, you say what is­sues you’re strug­gling with then add your age, gen­der pref­er­ence and even a photo.

A sim­ple home screen dis­plays a feed of posts from other users in the com­mu­nity with sim­i­lar is­sues.

The com­mu­nity en­cour­ages users to be kind and sup­port­ive. You can ‘send kind­ness’ by lik­ing posts and add en­cour­ag­ing com­ments to cheer them on.

Users can post their sta­tus, plus a ‘mood’ to de­scribe their cur­rent state of mind – ac­cept­ing, vent­ing, learn­ing or cel­e­brat­ing.

Kinde could be help­ful for peo­ple who suf­fer from so­cial anx­i­ety or don’t have a net­work of peo­ple who can fully un­der­stand the de­bil­i­tat­ing nature of men­tal health is­sues. Be­ing able to find your tribe is the app’s USP, but there are also other handy fea­tures too – like a health tracker, where you can plug in your sleep, diet, ex­er­cise and over­all mood, so you can track your progress over the weeks.

Cur­rently, the app has more than 600 users in the UK and US. A fu­ture fea­ture will point UK users who are dis­play­ing se­vere symp­toms to­wards a directory of lo­cal ther­apy and coun­selling ser­vices.

Na­dia plans to roll-out the app on An­droid. Visit wearekinde.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Now there’s an app you can turn to in times of cri­sis

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