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As a clinical psychologist specializing in adolescent mental health, I have been on the front line observing the rise in anxiety and depression among youth and young adults. As a researcher and university professor, this has been my area of focus for 20 years.
Approximately half of 13-24 years-olds experience a mental health disorder. Equally concerning, about two thirds of youth and young adults with diagnosable depression or anxiety do not receive any counseling or support. Today, there are simply too many barriers to mental health care.
Fortunately, there is an extensive body of research that instructs us how to help developing minds learn to manage stress, regulate emotions, cope with anxiety and depression, and be more resilient. And, because most lifetime mental health conditions emerge between ages 13 and 24, this is the best time to teach these life-long mental health skills.
In partnership with UpLift co-founder, Josh Herst, and an amazing team of clinicians, developers and designers, I’m excited to be on the forefront of leveraging technology to bring this research to life. Together, we can make quality mental health care accessible to more youth and families.
Our vision is to create a new model for mental health care, designed specifically for youth and young adults, that integrates the benefits of one-on-one therapy sessions with a mobile app-based experience. Our approach is evidence-based, skills-focused and personalized for each individual client.
The need for accessible, quality mental health care is as high today as it’s ever been. COVID-19 has only amplified the high levels of stress among youth. In fact, our research indicates that since quarantining began, youth and young adults are reporting significantly more loneliness and anger, and increases in suicidal thoughts.
If you are the parent or guardian of a teenager (age 13+) or you are a young adult (18+) and are interested in learning about UpLift's teletherapy service or if you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you. We are currently accepting clients in Washington State but will be expanding to more states in the months ahead.
Dr. Amy Mezulis, Co-Founder & Chief Psychologist
Licensed clinical psychologist & Professor of Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Clinical and research expertise in adolescent mental health.
Over 20 years of business and product leadership with Microsoft, Expedia and multiple startups. Most recently CEO of Walk Score.
Over 12 years experience building mobile and web-based platforms and user experiences. Most recently Technical Lead at Redfin.
A decade of crafting digital experiences for consumer and enterprise. Most recently Design Lead at Pioneer Square Labs.
Licensed clinical psychologist & psychological research fellow. Clinical and research expertise in developing evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents, and their parents.
Extensive experience in early-stage investing, startup growth, and marketplace businesses. Founder of Rover.com. Managing Director at Pioneer Square Labs.