7 Cups Provides Emotional Support during the Holidays

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Many people experience bouts of depression, experience financial strain, and feel lonely or overwhelmed at the end of the year. 7 Cups is encouraging anyone who needs emotional support to take advantage of its free service this holiday season.

For many people, the holiday season is a tough and emotionally taxing time. 7 Cups helps provide relief during the holiday season.

The holiday seasons always stir a wide range of emotions and stressors, from dealing with complicated family relationships to trying to host the perfect party. Many people experience bouts of depression, experience financial strain, and feel lonely or overwhelmed at the end of the year. Fortunately, 7 Cups is always available to anyone who needs some support or even just a friendly person who will listen.

7 Cups is a mobile app and online platform that acts as a peer-to-peer emotional support system, matching people who need to talk with caring, trained, non-judgmental listeners. Users can quickly and anonymously connect with someone who will listen to their thoughts and feelings, allowing them to vent their holiday stress in a safe and supportive environment.

7 Cups is particularly popular among college students who often are feeling stressed about many aspects of life, including school, family, friendships, and romantic relationships. For many, the stressors start piling up especially during this time of year when students are studying for final exams. However, through 7 Cups, many students have found relief in sharing their worries and experiences with another person. “We often don't need our struggles to go away,” says 7 Cups Founder Glen Moriarty. “We just need someone to be there with us while we face them. That is why we created 7 Cups.”

7 Cups was founded in June of 2013 by Glen Moriarty, PsyD, as the emotional support system for the Internet. Moriarty has been involved in a number of services and organizations that support people in need, and he is passionate about the internet’s power to help people lead better lives. 7 Cups is his most recent endeavor, marrying his background in psychology with his love for technology. Moriarty aims to address typical mental health barriers by keeping 7 Cups anonymous, convenient, and free. Anonymity allows people to easily ask for help without stigma or embarrassment because there is no fear of them being personally identified. The service is available 24/7 via the app (both iPhone and Android) or desktop use, eliminating any struggle with insurance or a long wait list for a therapist. Finally, 7 Cups is free because cost is a huge barrier to mental health care for many people.

Since the company’s launch through the prestigious Y Combinator startup accelerator in 2013 and the release of the app in late 2014, 7 Cups service now has more than 118,000 trained listeners in 180 countries who provide support to users in over 130,000 conversations each week.

For more information, visit http://www.7cups.com/

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