We’re Asini and Colleen, we met at Babson’s MBA program and bonded over sharing life hacks around mental wellness. We quickly recognized how weird it still was to speak out about our mental health. There seemed to be certain friends that you could chat openly about it with and others you couldn’t, luckily we were the former for each other. We often say, “it’s so normal to go to the gym to get physically fit, but there isn’t the same norm around mental health and therapy.”
After trying to find therapists for ourselves and our loved ones, we realized how pitiful the process was. In an age where we can swipe for pretty much anything, something this useful and important couldn’t be that hard, right? But it is.
The more friends we spoke to, the more apparent it became that we weren’t alone. Each story was almost always the same: not knowing where to start, what to look for, what to ask, what to expect...In addition to that, COVID-19 had recently altered the context of our day to day norms-- social distancing and isolation triggered the creation of Unmute.
Unmute was initially developed so our friends and family could comfortably speak out about mental health with us and so that we could demystify what therapy is for them.
Today, our platform is available to anyone in the US and offers a free therapist matching service.
During these unprecedented times when we want to speak on a Zoom call, we click unmute. We’re choosing to figuratively push the unmute button today. Our mission is to develop a scalable platform that unmutes the conversation on how to access mental health care and allows us to proactively take the next step.