Houston Life coach, Rashad Garrett, has thrown a lifeline to those struggling with mental health problems during the pandemic and beyond with the launch of his new app, Faith Of A Mustard Seed (FOAMS).
The global pandemic has caused a drastic increase in the number of people dealing with mental health issues. In fact, a Federal Agency emergency helpline dedicated to helping people in emotional distress registered more than a 1000 percent increase in April for their service in comparison to the same period last year. But despite the growing demand for mental health services, therapists are struggling to bring their services online due to restrictions with reimbursement and licensing.
With the current state of affairs, the FOAMS App has never been timelier. Touted as the social therapy app, the FOAMS app offers a space for individuals to grow socially and emotionally by providing help for issues such as depression, anxiety, self-identity, abandonment, insecurities, low self-esteem and much more. Users of the app can access one-on-one personal therapy from the platform’s clinicians that include Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Licensed Therapists, and Life Coaches. Sessions are facilitated via phone, video calls, and live chats; users can even send in-app messages to their counselors.
FOAMS is a black-owned, LGBTQ business blazing the trail for a new kind of Telehealth. When asked about the motivation for creating the app, CEO and Founder, Rashad Garrett, explained: “I wanted to bridge the gap between counseling and technology by providing a preventative source to the society’s growing epidemic of depression. We just want people to have a place to turn to when they feel overwhelmed and or struggling with Mental health issues.”
For those who prefer self-help, the FOAMS app hosts free podcasts that focus on self-help techniques by industry leaders. There is also 24/7 access to forums and discussions moderated by life coaches and special guests as well as articles on topics such as abuse, relationships, panic attacks, depression, and more. FOAMS app also offers motivational apparel for children and adults.