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Have you ever wondered how some of the best mental well-being apps came to be? Apps like Happify, Headspace, and Muse. How did they come to be, and how did they scale to the point that they’ve touched over 100 million people? Technology and mental health may finally be able to work together.
Today we’re getting a little glimpse behind that curtain as we speak with Charlie Hartwell. Charlie is a partner within the influential investor group, Bridge Builders Collaborative. This group was the first to see, understand, and invest in startups within the consumer technological health market. They are now pioneers in the new arena of health and well-being centered around human consciousness.
Charlie also works alongside his wife in the ShiftIt Institute, an organization aimed at raising the consciousness of the world.
During our conversation we talk about:
- The importance of mental health and well-being and how the science behind it is becoming so much more available, making it an area that people are willing to invest their time and energy in.
- Charlie’s own personal story of aligning the work he’s doing to his strengths and value system
- What it means to “go deeper” and use his work to make a bigger, global impact
- The big reason why he invests in companies in the mental health and well-being space and what he’s trying to accomplish on a global scale
This is such a valuable conversation as we think about the importance of the work we’re each doing in our own lives. It’s a testament to the importance of building psychological strength and practicing life design.
- Life Design after COVID
- My interviews with the founders of the company Muse: Ariel Garten and Patricia Karpas
- My interview with Peter Montoya containing our discussion of intentional social connection.
It’s important to connect with people where they are. They offer mental health services that can reduce anxiety and depression, depressive symptoms, or even internet addiction, and limiting screen time can lead to fewer mental health disorders. Offering access to mental health care has been a significant advance with users reporting feeling better with fewer mental health problems. When mental health apps are used as daily activities just like physical activity, the effects of mental health conditions can be positive. Ultimately, one of the effects of technology in the case of digital mental health could reduce mental illness in the United States, a laudable and worthy goal.