The science behind Youper

Everyone faces emotional challenges in life. One in four people worldwide will be impacted by a mental health condition over their lifespan (1). Although a wide variety of treatments and therapies are effective in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life (2), approximately 50% of people around the world who need treatment for an emotional disorder do not receive it (3,4).

Youper is a new approach to mental health care: AI Therapy

Created by a team of doctors, therapists, and engineers led by Dr. Jose Hamilton, Youper utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support individuals in taking care of their emotional health and monitoring mental health symptoms.

Designed as a self-guided application for patients, it can work alongside health providers, leveraging adherence, engagement, and symptom monitoring between appointments.

Research finds Youper engaging and effective

Research published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association found that Youper is among a small number of depression and anxiety apps that have a substantial number of active users (5).

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network published an article listing Youper among the top ten behavioral apps in terms of real-world stickiness and engagement (6).

We recently analyzed data from 100,000 individuals and discovered that more than 80% of them reported improved mood after talking to Youper.

In fact, on average, Youper requires only a seven-minute conversation to produce positive changes.

Join our mission

If having quick conversations with Youper can improve your mood, can it also help you overcome mental health symptoms?

To answer that question, we’re partnering with researchers around the world, and with our users to collect an unprecedented amount of anonymous data about mental health. We hope Youper will become an invaluable resource for pushing forward the science of the human mind.

Collaborate with us

Youper is looking for researchers interested in behavior-focused studies.

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References

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  2. Tolin DF. Is cognitive-behavioral therapy more effective than other therapies? A meta-analytic review. Clin Psychol Rev. 2010 Aug;30(6):710–20.
  3. Kohn R, Saxena S, Levav I, Saraceno B. The treatment gap in mental health care. Bull World Health Organ. 2004 Nov;82(11):858–66.
  4. Craske MG. Honoring the past, envisioning the future: ABCT’s 50th-anniversary presidential address. Behav Ther [Internet]. 2017 May 18 [cited 2017 Oct 3]; Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005789417300588
  5. Wasil et al., Examining the Reach of Smartphone Apps for Depression and Anxiety. Am J Psychiatry 177:5, May 2020.
  6. Carlo AD, Hosseini Ghomi R, Renn BN, Strong MA, Areán PA. Assessment of Real-World Use of Behavioral Health Mobile Applications by a Novel Stickiness Metric. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(8):e2011978.