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AI and a Personal Odyssey to Revolutionize Mental Health Care.

By Yvonne Kong on May 20, 2023


There's a certain weight to darkness—both metaphorical and literal—that bears down on those who grapple with mental illness. I know that weight all too well. When I was in the throes of an eating disorder, I found myself longing for someone who could understand the depth of my pain.

But what happens when the people who love you the most can't seem to fathom the labyrinth of emotions you're experiencing? Why is it that society often sees mental illness as a character flaw or a lifestyle choice, rather than a genuine health concern?

As I languished on a waiting list to see a mental health professional, I couldn't help but wonder: How many others were suffering in silence? Could there be a way to bridge the gap between research and real-world patient outcomes, to make mental health care more accessible and equitable?

In the pursuit of answers, I drew upon my experiences as a crisis counselor and peer counselor. And so, the dream of a mental health AI chatbot was born—a digital companion designed to provide support and guidance to those who need it most, transcending geographical, social, and economic barriers.

In collaboration with fellow mental health advocates, we've embarked on an exhilarating journey. We've sought the wisdom of mental health professionals, researchers, and those who have navigated their own mental health challenges, ensuring that our chatbot is grounded in both scientific research and human empathy.

As our chatbot takes form, we share our story with you, users and healthcare providers of talk2us.ai, and invite you to join us in our mission. Let's unite to create a future where mental health care is equitable and accessible to all, and where no one has to face the darkness alone.