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It’s been exactly 6 months since I joined Spring Health, a mental health Company that uses data to predict the right treatment at the right time. We’ve since raised a Series A, doubled in size, and launched our inaugural mobile app. I‘ve learned a ton from my kickass coworkers — here’s a snippet of what’s on my mind:

  1. Physical health to mental health is like peanut butter to jelly. I’ve always felt this anecdotally, but only recently dug into the research. Our Cofounder, Adam, spearheaded a study published in Lancet that shows across age, race, gender, income, education level, and physical health, individuals who exercise have fewer days of poor mental health compared to those who do not. Believe it or not, an exercise program can result in comparable remission rates to antidepressants. Physical exercise can also serve as a preventive measure for depression. …


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It is the culmination of my personal experiences, learnings, and observations that has led to my deep interest in mental health.

A few years ago, a coworker pulled me aside to share that we, Uber employees, get access to affordable therapy, and encouraged me to explore it. I looked at her, perplexed, and asked “why would I go to therapy?” Later that night, I realized my response was driven by the stigma around mental health, and I had been taught to view therapy as a last resort for those who suffer from serious mental conditions.


In the past 18 months as a product manager at Uber, I have learned that it’s challenging to build empathy with our local teams and users from thousands of miles away. It is even more difficult when our business spans 650+ cities, resulting in an incredibly diverse user base. I have made it a priority to get on the ground, hear what’s top of mind for our local teams, and talk to our users face-to-face.

I just returned from a week of immersing myself in the culture and local operations of Sydney. …

About

Laura Yang

Product @ Spring Health; Ex - Product @ Uber. Equal parts 🇨🇳🇬🇧🇺🇸. Happiest when learning, traveling, and eating.

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