In these unprecedented times, we at Jour have been wondering how we could do our part help. The first thing we did was offer a free, one-year Premium Jour subscription to any healthcare worker.
Now, we want to address something new: remote therapy.
Due to the current international health crisis, anxiety is on the rise. But due to quarantine and “stay at home” orders around the world, many individuals may not be able to access the in-person mental health resources they want.
At Jour, we’re strong believers in remote therapy (I myself did it once a week for a full year and found it to be a great life experience!). However, existing tools for remote therapists often require a lot of setups, combine their personal and professional lives in one place, or aren’t always end-to-end encrypted.
We wanted to build a video chat platform for therapists that was simple, straightforward, and secure. We worked with Whereby to create ensure high-quality video communication and built the product in about 2 days.
We’ll maintain this product and improve it over time but, because it’s not our core business, it will remain free. Depending on the response we see, we may also create a payment/invoice system and scheduling too for therapists to use.
Journaling is also a great tool to use between therapy sessions (and there might be more on this in the future!).
Stay tuned, home and healthy!