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Log in for peace of mind

Technology pervades every aspect of life today, and the health industry is not far behind. With several smartphone apps helping connect patients and doctors and maintain medical records, there are hardly any platforms for mental health assistance. SeekSpark.com, a website launched in July 2015, is looking to change that. With the stigma attached to mental health issues, a lot of people hesitate before seeking professional help. The website provides a space for those seeking help to reach out anonymously to those who can provide a solution. Based in Chennai, the site was founded by Kunal Pancholi, a management graduate who earlier worked in the banking, media and mobile technology industries. On how SeekSpark came about, he says, “It was a personal incident with a very close family friend that made me aware of issues in mental health, and more importantly, how seeking help for it is curtailed by a lack of knowledge, inconveniences surrounding access to a good care provider and stigma. It made me think of how a digital platform could address these issues effectively. That led to researching with some prominent psychologists and psychiatrists. In January 2015, I left my job to build this platform with over 200 professional care providers.” Vinod Krishnan, managing director of TVS Infotech is an angel investor and helps with strategy and business development.

Their basic aim, according to Kunal, is to “enable simple, convenient and effective means to a solution for any issue of one’s mind and behaviour. Reaching out to a professional or seeking a solution for anything troubling one’s mind shouldn’t be difficult. Harnessing the connectivity of the Internet, we wish to create a new and more efficient way for supporting care-seeking behaviour in the realm of mental health and behavioural well-being.”

To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10, SeekSpark will be open to people to access care providers over a personalised chat-based interaction for free. “People with any specific query, concern, issue or plain curiosity regarding things affecting their mind are welcome to enter into a private, confidential and anonymous chat with these care providers. Key concerns that people may have could be depression, stress, relationship issues, sexuality, anxiety or addiction,” explains Kunal.

Starting today (October 5, 2015), visit  >www.seekspark.com and register for the October 10 interaction with a preferred time slot. On October 10, at your chosen time slot, revisit the site, and join your private chat interaction with the care providers. It can also be accessed from mobile phones.

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