THE CAMPAIGN HAS ENDED, WHAT NOW?
First of all, thanks to everybody who has funded this campaign! We are really grateful for your support and happy to tell you that eventhough we did not receive the money we needed, we will not give up! We are starting a new campaign on Sellanapp.com, so come have a look at this site for updates on our campaign. For all of you that still want to fund us, please do so on sellanapp. And the added bonus for funding us here, is that you'll receive a revenue share. So, come help us out! And last but not least, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ilovemeapp to get daily updates on how to work actively on your own mental health.
We love you!
Eva, Anouk and Anne
WHO IS IlOVEME?
Iloveme was founded in 2011 by Anne Pasdeloup, because she noticed a big gap in the health care system for people that have minor or mild psychological problems. Often friends and family asked her questions about their psychological health, because they didn't know where to go, where to find the right information, or they didn't feel comfortable to visit a doctor yet. Anne is set on making this systeem more accessible and improving it by providing a service that gives people with mild psychological problems accurate information. That way, people will be able to form their own opinion and start working on their problems before visiting a healthcare professional. Anne asked her former study friends Eva Faas and Anouk Hövels to join her working on this project. Read about their personal motivations below.
From left to right: Eva, Anne & Anouk.
Eva Faas, Chief Editor:
Having worked with mainly young adults the past years, I have seen the amount of problems shame and a lack of knowledge concerning psychological disorders and effective treatments can cause. Many of my clients should have received treatment at an earlier stage, but the taboo resting on psychological illnesses kept a lot of them from seeking help. Some of them did ask for help in the past, but received ineffective treatment or didn’t feel comfortable with their psychologist. Unaware that there are different kinds of treatments and disillusioned by the experience, they did not try again.
Anne Pasdeloup, Founder:
While working in a Psychiatric Hospital, I quickly realized how dependent people with mental problems are on healthcare professionals. Most of our clients were already experiencing feelings of hopelessness, and felt unable to help themselves, before they sought our help. I want to change this. I want to let everybody know that they CAN change their own situation, that they are not victims and can help themselves. That is why I founded Iloveme, and created an app to empower people around the world.
Anouk Hövels, Text Writer:
During my work I discovered that children and adults are the same in many ways. What fascinates me, is the ability of children to learn quite complicated things in a short period of time when the subject is presented in a funny, adventurous or exciting way. Once people grow up, the same methods remain effective. Think about writing in a diary or having a laugh with friends; activities many people use to actively cope with challenges in everyday life. More important, it gives them a better understanding of themselves. Iloveme offers a professional way of mental support. I am convinced that the positive and playful way of presenting it makes the app appealing and therefore powerful for many people.
About 1 in 5 adults suffer from a mental disorder. An even larger group of people suffer from mental problems that haven’t turned into a disorder yet. In fact, 50% of the population will experience some mental problems over their lifetimes. 40% of these people never seek for treatment. The main reasons for not doing it, are that people cannot afford te costs of health care, they feel too ashamed, don't want others to find out, they don't know where to go for help and they experience a lack of time. By not treating mental problems it will take a lot longer for them to disappear (if ever) and with time, the chance of problems getting worse increases. Anne, Eva and Anouk have been doing research and working diligently in order to create an accessible questionnaire and content for the app.
WHY LOVEME ?
By using an app for coping with problems our aim is offering an appealing way of supporting people. We chose for a mobile app because we think it is good way to interact with others and to keep track of thoughts and feelings at all times. It fits the aim of becoming more aware of feelings and behaviour, to let people change their own behaviour and give and receive support of others. Iloveme distinguishes itself in comparison with other websites and apps by focussing on empowerment. The idea for a mobile application for Iphone and Android provides easy accessible and practical information. It offers people with mental problems the opportunity to actively work on their own psychological wellbeing. It's also based on effective methods in preventing mental problems from becoming worse and improving quality of life. The app uses three important pillars of treatment: Psycho-education by integrating a library with information of all kinds of problems, a mood diary and offering a forum to increase the support system.
IlOVEME MOBILE APP SUMMARIZED
- Developed by experienced psychologists
- For free
- Accessible at any time
- Detailed library of mental illnesses, treatments and practical tips for each category
- Mood Meter to create awareness and gain insight in self
- Support given by using the forum
Jane is using the the ILoveme app to connect with others with similar problems.
METHODS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE
Imagine you haven’t been able to sleep for weeks. You might assume that you are developing a sleeping disorder. But could it also be stress at work? Have you been drinking less or more lately? Have you been travelling? Sometimes it can be difficult to separate the original problem from all the different symptoms that occur.
Our questionnaire is based on the DSM-V and covers the entire spectrum of psychological disorders. It is developed to give a personal overview of which categories are applicable to the user and indicates in which category the main problems lies.
The extensive library contains information on psychological disorders, provides a better understanding of how certain problems uphold each other and gives usable tips and tricks on how to deal with these problems.
3. MOOD TRACKER
The Mood Tracker will ask you to indicate your mood at random times and to fill out where you are and what you are doing. Weekly, monthly and even yearly charts will show mood fluctuations over time and helps you keep track of your progress.
Gaining more insight in your emotional state at different times
contributes to recovery by making clear what (external) factors are sustaining
the problem and which ones are part of the solution.
The Iloveme forum contains subgroups for the different problem categories, allowing the Iloveme users to connect with peers and to give and receive advice and support from each other within a save and anonymous environment.
Jane is feeling better and back in control again.
We have finished almost all content. We have described the main part of the origin and symptoms of most of the 16 DSM-V categories of mental illnesses ranging from eating disorders to stress and work related problems. We finished the questionnaire offering the user an overview of all the symptoms they experience as well as the functional model of the app (read a more elaborate overview below). Now the time has come to finish all categories, write more about self help, build the application and go live! Building such an elaborate application and marketing it in a way that reaches as many people with psychological problems as possible is very costly. Fortunately, Iloveme has received a government grant which started us in the right direction. Secondly, we are talking with investment companies, health insurance companies and other health care professionals. They made clear they see Iloveme as a promising app to invest in. That's why we have an optimistic view towards the chances of receiving a basic amount of money to build the app. Of course we rather reach our goals more independently so the more money people like you are willing to donate, the less dependent we are. Also, we expect that we need extra funding to realize our project. At this point, we ask you to support Iloveme reaching our final goal.
IlOVEME MAKE IT HAPPEN
If you want Iloveme to happen, you are very welcome to support it by making a contribution. By supporting Iloveme, you are not only contributing to the wellbeing of people with psychological problems but you are also helping children in war-effected countries. This is because we believe in the importance of help in case of psychological trauma at an early stage. We would be very pleased if Iloveme receives sufficient investments and donations so our app will become reality. Of course, we will do our very best to find investors that can help us with the additional money. Though, IF Iloveme does not reach the goal of receiving enough money, the app may not be build. Again, we hope we can make our wish become true but in case we won’t because of an inadequate amount of donations and/or investments, we are willing to refund your donation minus 19 % for the Indiegogo fee (9%) and War Child (10%). Another option is contributing the remaining amount to War Child.
If you’d prefer us to refund your donation in case there won't be an app, please let us know beforehand . Please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of your bankaccount so we are able to refund you the money if necessary. In that case, we refund you the money before the end of 2014. Please remember, even a small amount of money will help! For every $10 you give, we will donate $1 to War Child. By making a donation of $50 you will also receive a free consult from one of our psychologists. By making a donation of $100 you will receive a free consult from one of our psychologists and you will be mentioned as a sponsor in the app. Either way, Iloveme loves you too.
With special thanks to:
Sacha Alexander Post (Film)
Inez de Groot (Actress)
Gijs Molenaar (Music)
War Child helps rebuild war-affected communities to provide the support necessary for children to experience a stable childhood. When war itself ends, the consequences endure. By making a long-term investment to help children develop into healthy, educated and productive adults, the cycle of violence can be broken. That is why War Child is dedicated to protecting childhood by bringing education, opportunity and justice to where they are needed most.