The founders of 4 mental health startups share their advice for those looking to improve their wellbeing

For many regions of the world, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The global pandemic had a profound impact on the mental health of many, so now more than ever, it is crucial to be aware of and apply good mental health practices day to day.

At Antler, mental health is an important topic not only during Mental Health Awareness Month but throughout the whole year. As such, we’ve compiled advice from some of our portfolio companies that are tackling mental health: Stockholm-based VoiceHER, London-based Blueheart and Kalda, and Singapore-based Innade.

Here’s what they had to say.

Conversations are self-care

VoiceHER is the world's first voice-based community for womxn, that prioritizes feelings, thoughts and reflections, above appearance or other visual distractions. VoiceHER is your daily companion as you navigate through the ups and downs of your life.

“Communication is a key ingredient in mental health recovery. Being able to share your story and communicate how you feel can heal you and help both you and others to understand you better. Conversations really are self-care.”

Viktoria Elman (co-founder & CEO), Sanna Dahlin (co-founder & CTO)

Nurture your relationships

Blueheart provides human-free digital sex therapy for people to overcome sexual issues for good. They offer the tools and strategies to help people break the frustrating circles that never stop, so you can turn your relationship pain into the happiness it once was.

"Romantic relationships are our greatest source of happiness, but consequently our greatest source of pain and can define our mental wellbeing. Having a healthy enduring relationship takes effort and the right strategies for you to overcome the inevitable challenges you'll face. You can start by carving out dedicated time for intimacy with your partner, instead of relying on spontaneous making out when you're not in the right mindset.”

Robbie Coomber (co-founder & CTO), Sachin Raoul (co-founder & CEO)

Check in with your supportive community

Kalda is a mental wellbeing app for the LGBTQIA+ community for people to get group therapy, get accountable, and get it together.

“Having a supportive community is probably the single best thing you can do for your mental health, so that’s what we’ve set out to do with Kalda. It can start as simple as your group of friends, get talking and be more open about mental health. Just like our physical health, we all have mental health.”

Al Dee (co-founder & CTO), Charlotte Fountain (co-founder & CPO), Daniel Botcherby (co-founder & CEO)

Equip yourself with a toolkit to deal with everyday stress and anxiety

Innade is a coaching platform that partners with companies to offer leadership and performance coaching to their employees. Over 90% of professionals have sensitive issues they need external help with and Innade helps them achieve their full potential by getting them the help they need from certified coaches.

“Mental health isn't something you just focus on when there's a problem. The same way we take care of our bodies through a nutritious diet, exercising, etc as healthy habits, mental health is also about healthy habits and training your mind to be fit. Events in our personal and professional lives have an impact on our mental wellbeing. It's about equipping yourself with a toolkit to deal with everyday stress and anxiety in today's demanding professional setup.”

Melvin Lim and Ayush Ahuja, co-founders of Innade

This article was written by Karolina Szweda, Global Marketing Associate at Antler

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