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The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive economic fallout and job layoffs, especially in marginalized communities. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 41% of respondents said that they have experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression or having some adverse mental health condition as a result of the public health crisis. Now, one civil-rights-attorney-turned-advocate is creating a new app to service those in underserved communities dealing with mental health issues.
Areva Martin is the founder of the Butterflly App. This consumer-based app allows users to connect with others that may be experiencing similar symptoms and provide resources for them to seek treatment. In an interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE, Martin talks about creating a platform like this and the importance of discussing mental health within the Black community.
BE: What motivated you to create the Butterflly app?
Martin: I created Butterflly Health because I am the population the platform seeks to serve. [The Butterflly App] is a first-of-its-kind digital therapeutic platform that focuses on underserved and underrepresented Medicaid populations. Butterflly delivers high quality, evidence-based, culturally sensitive digital behavioral health therapies in a more scalable, destigmatized way than traditional in-person therapy.