TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A group of young adults is launching a new mental health app during Suicide Prevention Week.
It’s called SoundMind and uses the power of music to calm the mind and body.
During the pandemic, they tested the app on nurses who were anxious, stressed, and working overtime to care for people with COVID-19.
Brian Femminella, chief executive officer and co-founder, said they found it really helped with relaxation, anxiety, insomnia and general mental health.
“One of the great things we’ve found about music is that it 100% talks to your body, specifically your brain in a scientific way,” Femminella said. “It allows your body to calm down; It allows your stress hormones to be reduced. Music can sometimes speak to your body more than sometimes your mind.”
Travis Chen, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, said they are working to remove the stigma surrounding mental health.
“We’re not just a product, a company, a start-up, we really are a movement. And we’re trying to be part of that conversation to keep talking about these things and breaking the stigma, even in marginalized communities,” Chen said.
Femminella and Chen met in Washington DC while working on legislative policy for Congress and they bonded over a passion to create a product that people can use when struggling with their mental health.
Femminella said they felt an obligation to give back to their communities.
“If we go to different groups and share SoundMind and we see how it helps them. That’s probably the best thing about this job,” Femminella said.
You can listen to music or visual beats through the app. The visual beats send different frequencies to your ears and are processed in the brain to alter your mood state.
Best of all, you can customize your library with your favorite sounds and music, so the tools are always in your back pocket.
“You can combine an in-house developed main composer piece and then we have three ambient music bubbles that you can combine with that as well. You can mix your own soundscape, so if you want to hear wind with your guitar or rain or thunderstorms if it makes you feel calm,” said Lucy Schafer, Chief Community Officer.
There’s also a journaling feature, where the app then combines that data to give you a mental health profile.
The company is reaching out to school districts across the country to bring this tool into classrooms. They have teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club, Nami, and other organizations in Tucson.
The official launch of the app is September 7th.
You can find it in the IOS app store.
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