Our mission is to improve access to mental health care & therapy in the world's most underserved communities.

A huge lack of local resources and a number of financial barriers prevent people in low-income countries in the Middle East and North Africa from receiving mental health care. To combat this inequity, we deliver free therapy sessions to people living in these regions who cannot afford to pay for therapy through our 1-for-1 therapy programme.

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Therapy isn't always easy to access in MENA

Approximately 22% of people living in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) struggle with a mental health condition.

Many of those struggling (particularly those living in low-income countries) can’t easily access mental health care and/or therapy due to a number of different barriers, including, but not limited to:

  • Finances (can’t afford to pay)
  • Payment restrictions (can’t pay online, only in cash)
  • Community stigma and/or family refusal
  • Lack of local mental health resources & therapists
  • Location & language barriers
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Our mission is to deliver

free therapy sessions by the end of 2022 to people living in low-income countries in the MENA region

Our 1-for-1 therapy programme is designed with our mission at heart

We believe that the strongest communities are the ones that give back, and help support and uplift those around them, and our 1-for-1 therapy programme allows us to do just that. For every session paid on our platform, we provide one free therapy session to someone who cannot afford to pay.

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Free sessions distributed fairly

In order to help as many people as possible, we limit our free sessions to 12 sessions per person. This allows us to fairly distribute the free sessions, whilst still providing enough time to each client so that they may be able to find value in their course of therapy.

Free therapy selection process

To ensure that we’re helping those that need it most, we ask each client who wants to receive free therapy to fill out a short questionnaire that automatically determines if someone is eligible to receive free therapy with us based on our eligibility criteria.

No-one shoulders all the burden

We don’t want anyone to feel in any way burdened to continue paying for therapy just to help someone else. That’s why we pool the free sessions paid for by different clients until we have 12 free sessions available to give one of our clients in need.

How are we doing so far?

free therapy sessions delivered, and counting!

We're making steady progress

With the help of our brilliant team of therapists, we’ve already successfully delivered 75 free therapy sessions so far to people living in low-income countries in the MENA region (mainly Iraq). Whilst this is a fantastic achievement, we still have a long way to go to hit our target of 1,000 free sessions by the end of 2022.

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How can you help support our mission?

Every tiny bit of support (even just you reading this page) is incredibly valuable to us! Some other ways you can support us include:

Spread the word

Let people know about our service, particularly those who are interested in mental health and therapy.

Follow our journey

Follow us on our social media pages and share our story with your community.

Donate a session

You're welcome to donate a free therapy session to someone in need. You can learn how by clicking here.

Consider us for therapy

If you've been thinking about having therapy, please consider using our service! You can meet our wonderful therapists here.