Psyma is one of the UK’s first mental health mobile apps to offer psychological therapy through a live video call functionality. It eliminates time spent travelling and offers users access to professionally trained psychologists at a time and place that suits them best. Attempting to break down the barriers of accessibility, Psyma aims to put advice and support in the hands of everyone.
In the U.K, mental health problems are a growing public health concern as approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. In England alone, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. Psyma aspired to make psychological therapy far more accessible for those in need of support and treatment.
Red C built an innovative iOS app that allows users to book sessions and speak to a psychologist over live video call, in their own time and space. The app is part of a movement that aims to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health, and hopes to encourage more people to seek help concerning their mental health.
Accessing psychology online is becoming an efficient, productive and revolutionary way of offering therapy to clients. The advantages of online therapy are considerable, allowing easy access to professionally trained psychologists in the comfort of clients homes’.
Accessing therapy virtually can also aid patients whose mental health difficulties impede them from attending sessions. For example, patients presenting with agoraphobia would benefit from attending virtual psychological therapy sessions.
Limited NHS resources create a time lag between assessment and treatment which can often prolong patient distress. Virtual therapy has the potential to offer fast, efficient care by passing the complexities of NHS referral pathways. In light of the stigma associated with mental health in the UK, the anonymity and security provided by the app can also appeal to many patients.
Red C were tasked with creating an intuitive app to make the process of selecting and booking therapists easy through a few simple screens. We added a feature which allows users to have a free 25-minute session, which has proved to be very popular with our target audience. We also implemented Stripe split payments which takes payment within the app for the therapist, including a small commission for Psyma.
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