1242: The Tech Tackling The Global Mental Health Crisis



Synctuition is an Estonian born startup offering a unique relaxation experience technology. By using the incredible power of 3D sound, Synctuition goes far beyond meditative relaxation providing an immersive mind travel experience that cannot be compared to any other audio mediation in the world.

In its first year, it has become one of the world’s leading mindfulness apps with over four million users in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. In 2019 the startup was also selected by Google as one of the Top 10 fastest-growing startups in Europe.

With the world on the brink of a mental health crisis due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Synctuition, the mindfulness, and mind relaxation app backed by well-known scientists and experts recently announced that their platform will be made free to people in 14 countries.

The announcement comes as the company reports a surge in demand and usage over the past few months, becoming one of the top five highest-grossing mindfulness apps globally. The app has now been made available for free from the now until 31st July 2020 to the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Amsterdam, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Dubai, Israel, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

Led by veteran tech leaders from Estonia, Synctuition offers free access to the app at a crucial time as the COVID-19 pandemic affects the mental health of people worldwide, with federal agencies and experts warning of a wave of pandemic PTSD and other mental health issues on the rise. The WHO has warned that in public mental health terms, the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety.

As people worldwide endure the lasting impact of the pandemic – especially quarantine and its effects on many people’s usual activities, routines, or livelihoods – levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol, and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behavior are also expected to rise. But can technology help solve these problems? Michael Burich, COO, and Co-founder of Synctuition shares their mission and also talks about the tech startup scene in Estonia.

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