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Nigerian Startup Mytherapist leverages tech to offer mental healthcare service

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Dedoyin Ajayi, co-founder and COO and Oluwaseun Raphael Afolayan, co-founder 

In an age where the internet has become a go-to platform for many individuals to voice out, the issue of mental health struggles remains a touchy topic.

However, a budding Nigerian health care startup, Mytherapist.ng, is taking advantage of the situation by leveraging technology to offer accessible, affordable, and stigma-free mental health care services to Nigerians.

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The company is set to achieve this by launching its dedicated mobile application, which initially targets offering such service to 20 million affected individuals across the country.

Announcing the firm’s drive towards this, Dedoyin Ajayi, co-founder and chief operations officer (COO) of Mytherapist, noted that the idea was sprouted by the gap which exists in the supply and demand of mental health therapy in the country’s public health care system.

In Nigeria, the need for mental health consultancy has significantly widened due to the uneasy issues facing the country.

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the October 2020 #EndSARS incident, further magnified the mishap among young Nigerians, leading to increased depression, suicide attempts, and numerous emotional traumas that remained unvoiced.

Speaking on the forthcoming app launch, Dedoyin a certified Neuro-linguistic practitioner from the academy of Modern and Applied Psychology, disclosed that the app’s algorithm would provide users with free resources and tools they can access at any time to help manage these problems.

Having spent over four years in the emotional counseling practice with an average of twenty-six hours per week (both physical and virtual), she averred that, “Social media has helped to create a platform for many to voice out, it has still not proven to be the safest space to talk about your mental health struggle and get the needed help. ”

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According to her, the app will help solve the stigmatization usually experienced by affected persons as they would have a safe space to share their experiences and get the needed help from well-vetted therapists on the network.

The online therapy platform, which will be available to Android and IOS smartphone users, is uniquely designed to connect users to various experts, psychiatrists, and Psychotherapists across the country.

Also speaking on the development, the co-founder of Mytherapist, Oluwaseun Raphael Afolayan, an experienced full-stack Software Developer and Technical writer, noted that users without internet access or smartphones would also benefit from the health solution.

He disclosed that a dedicated toll-free helpline and walk-in centers strategically located in various local and semi-urban communities would be available.

“We’re going to begin funding rounds after our initial rollout in December, offering an investment opening for angel investors and venture capitalists into the startup,” Oluwaseun further revealed.

According to the health-tech company, its mobile application will be officially unveiled in December 2021, as the public are encouraged to join the waiting list by visiting Mytherapist ‘s website

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