• Aaron Patel

Relief: The App Made To Help Your Well-being

Over the past few years, the introduction of apps such as Headspace, Moodspace, and Happify has provided a well-being tool in the palm of people's hands. However, Relief does things slightly differently.

However, before the Relief was launched, founder Sacha Nasan alongside his cousin released the dating app Blindlee. It was from here Nasan kicked on and then worked on another project, which would eventually become Relief.

"In late 2019 we started Blindlee, a blind dating app. You have two people who are strangers but they match their criteria and they go on a video call, they go on how they are as a people not on looks," said Nasan.

It was during the first lockdown in March 2020 when their userbase started to increase. Also, from a survey, Nasan discovered that their users were not entirely using the app to find love. "We found that one-fifth of our users were not using the app to date but to meet someone else and talk while they're stuck at home."

From the survey results, Nasan then asked himself how can they benefit from that information. That's where the wheels started turning for Relief. "We thought maybe we should start a peer to peer support app," said Nasan.

But the idea did come with small challenges, as Nasan said they began to analyse the well-being and mental health industry. Similar apps already existed and they did not want to be just like any other app.

Rather than focusing on those with mental health struggles, they wanted to provide support for those who perhaps wanted to achieve something in particular or just needed someone to talk to.

The app provides users with 20-minute calls with Psychology postgrad students, who give advice and simply talk to people over a few sessions. "You are getting someone who has studied and has some experience, such as a work placement," said Nasan.

Nasan made it clear that the app is not a mental health advice platform, drawing a difference between mental health and well-being. "Relief is not a mental health app, we do not offer mental health advice and we strongly encourage people who need mental health advice to seek professional help."

Nasan is excited for the future of Relief, as he wants to ensure more people get the right support they seek. "I think this can be exciting itself, the moment we have enough traction, then that can be very exciting because there are a tonne of people who can benefit from just talking."