NMHIC and iRel8 Announce Co-Development
Aug 13, 2020
We are so excited to announce our co-development with iRel8 - iRelate
; an international leader in app-based peer support. We believe iRel8 has the potential to be the worldwide leader in making peer support available to people in communities around the world, developed jointly with Microsoft, iRel8 is available in 54 languages and provides anonymous support to people 24/7/365 in a confidential and safe mobile app.
A growing body of science supports the belief that many people who suffer from stress, lower mood and excessive worrying, can improve their symptoms by interacting with a peer supporter, and in many cases, may not need to seek care from a provider in the mental health system. Our Executive Director, Matt Vogl, was drawn to iRel8 because of its potential to help address capacity problems that exist in many areas of our mental health system. “When you consider that the global COVID-19 pandemic may lead to historic demand for mental health services, we may see a system that was already operating at capacity become overwhelmed with new demand unless we bring new tools to the table. App-based peer support like iRel8 will become a critical piece of the solution, so the timing of this partnership just could not be better