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Bucks woman setting up mental health support app for young adults

18-24 year olds will be able to benefit from mentorship from those who have been through similar struggles.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:41am 1st July 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks woman setting up mental health support app for young adults

A woman from Buckinghamshire is trying to help young adults struggling with their mental health, through a new app.

Been There will pair 18- to 24-year-olds with people who have struggled in similar ways, after Tessa Peters found that was missing for her.

For millions of young adults in the UK today, living with mental health issues is a constant, exhausting and lonely struggle.

With over 75% of young people in the UK who are experiencing mental health problems not receiving treatment, Been There aims to bridge the gap between silence and a counsellor.

The mentor-mentee relationship, which is developed by Been There, is based on relatability, compassion and understanding gained from the mentor's personal experiences of similar mental health difficulties.

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Been There was founded by Tessa in 2019, inspired by her own struggles she experienced when growing up. During this tumultuous period, she desperately sought support from someone removed from her family and friendship group, who had experienced parallel issues and could truly understand and relate to her experience.

Commenting on her reasoning behind setting up Been There and the launch of the Crowdfunder, CEO and Founder Tessa Peters said:  

"When I was younger and growing up in Buckinghamshire, I needed support from someone who was non-judgemental and had personal experience of my issues. I saw counsellors, dieticians and therapists, all with the best of intentions, but none of them worked for me. I felt that everyone lacked relatability.

"I recognise the immense value of a mentor-mentee relationship and the profound impact it has had on my life. Each relationship is a journey, and our volunteer mentors are there to offer young people companionship, a listening ear, guidance and inspiration. However, to achieve this ambition, we need funding to enable us to create, launch and maintain the App-based platform and build a community of mentors, which is the epicentre of Been There's mission.  

"Our vision is a world where a mentee-mentor relationship to support and improve mental health and wellbeing is accessible for all, and we really hope that the local community in Buckinghamshire and beyond can support us in making this vision a reality."

The Been There App, which is in the early stages of development, will allow young adults to create a profile on the App, before being partnered with a fully trained mentor.

Support provided to young adults through the Been There App will be completely free of charge.

To support the cause and donate to the development of the Been There App, visit the Crowdfunder page.

Or to find out more about becoming a volunteer Mentor, email info@beenthereapp.com.  

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