Harley Therapy, the UK’s leading booking platform for therapy, has been named in the Financial Times’ FT Future 100 list of the UK’s fastest growing companies making an impact on their industry, or wider society.
This comes as the company launches their state-of-the-art platform, harleytherapy.com, for World Mental Health Day with a live in-conversation with broadcaster and author ,June Sarpong MBE.
Lauded ‘the Airbnb of therapy’, Harley Therapy Platform uses state-of-the-art technology to recommend therapists to users based on their personalised symptoms, using over twelve years of mental health assessments and results to recommend the most statistically effective support for each individual. Unlike other platforms, users can manage each step in their therapy journey – getting pre-therapy information, finding a therapist, booking an appointment and paying for therapy – securely online, without a subscription and within the space of a few minutes.
Dr Sheri Jacobsen said: “Raising awareness is the first step in solving the problem, but it is not enough; the mental health industry needs accessible, personalised and affordable treatment, and there is no time to waste”.
Harley Therapy’s particular focus on preemptive help bucks the trend in the mental health technology space. They offer wellbeing talks to organisations to help employees prevent their mental health deteriorating. The platform includes a free-to-access blog to de-stigmatise therapy and offer information on emotional wellbeing. In addition, they operate a youtube channel featuring answers to their blog readers’ burning questions about mental health and therapy. Alongside this information, they offer appointments as soon as 24 hours away. Why is this so important? Because accessing care before you have reached crisis point increases the chance of a fully successful recovery.
Dr Sheri adds: “While over 60% of mental health problems go untreated, many others only get treatment when they reach crisis point. In the same way that treating cancer early is more effective, finding the help you need quickly is crucially important to effectively treat mental health issues before they become more serious”.
The NHS suggests that individuals consider seeking a private therapist for mental health issues due to long waiting lists. But accessing and scheduling appointments with the right professional is often so difficult that people in need of care give up. This is why awareness of the professional therapeutic support and information available through harleytherapy.com is needed more than ever this World Mental Health Day.
‘Are You Ok?’ June Sarpong in conversation with Dr Sheri Jacobson took place on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Marylebone Hotel, London.