The Butterflly Health app offers access to care and attention to mental health through an easy-to-use app that’s created by and for Black people.
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Recognizing the disparities within the healthcare market for Black communities across the nation, esteemed civil rights attorney, author, and advocate Areva Martin has launched Butterflly Health, a behavioral health app that is specifically crafted for underserved communities.
The consumer-based health app allows users to self-identify and join several community groups that fit their descriptors. Within these groups, or “teams” as the app describes them, users can connect with others who may be experiencing similar feelings. Butterflly Health asks users to check in daily with a simple tap of an in-app button, and then creates a longitudinal assessment of the user’s mental health and happiness. The app creates a soft-entry point for people to better understand their mental health, and should their journey reveal deeper issues, allows them to easily connect with specialists that create practices that help them meet their challenges.
In an effort to combat the stigmas associated with mental health in the Black communities, as well as the unique strain the Black community faces in the midst of a global health pandemic and the horrific results of ongoing systemic racism, the Butterflly Health app offers access to care and attention to mental health through an easy-to-use app that’s created by and for Black people.
Having spent her career fighting for social and civil justice for minorities and underrepresented groups, the transition to tech CEO felt like a natural transition for Areva. A renowned civil rights attorney and Legal Analyst for CNN, Areva has built her career representing and serving Black Americans. After taking a closer look at the recent mental health strain that Black Americans are experiencing, Areva and her brother Rodney Bell, created an avenue for people to assess their mental health through a community-focused application that is specifically catered for the underserved.
Butterfly Health is a part of the Startup Health investment portfolio, along with over 335 digital health companies spanning 26 countries and covering a variety of focuses. The new app just recently secured early-stage capital from Nex Cubed, an investment partner specializing in tech companies.
ABOUT AREVA MARTIN:
Areva Martin is an award-winning attorney, best-selling author, legal commentator, talk show host, and television producer who has positioned herself as a critical voice for social justice and used her razor-sharp perspective to become America’s go-to advocate. Her tri-weekly talk show, The Special Report, takes an in-depth look at the nation’s trending topics around social justice, civil liberties, and the White House, while inviting noteworthy guests for commentary and one-on-one interviews.