Location: United States
Butterflly Health provides a safe place for underserved communities to discuss mental health, support each other, and find resources.
Racial disparities in health care are known, yet they are an infrequently addressed barrier to access for a variety of communities across the US. Inequalities can be in the form of differential treatment, economic barriers, lack of access in the area, and language differences, for example.
Areva Martin, an author and civil rights attorney, launched a mental health support app for underserved communities. The app, Butterflly Health, lets users self-identify with a community and join that group. Users can interact with each other for support and to share resources. The app asks users to check-in daily with a quick button press so that their emotional state can be tracked over time. Resources are available to help connect users with specialists when needed.
The app was created by Areva specifically for black communities, to address the stigmas and lack of proper mental health care.