1 PERSON

dies due to suicide every 40 seconds globally

1 IN 4

people will be affected by a mental disorder

Industry

Healthcare

Overview

The Never Alone Initiative of The Chopra Foundation is forging an alliance of people and organizations dedicated to incubating a new vision for mental and emotional health and the resources available to people seeking support. The Chopra Foundation is partnering with Hedera Hashgraph to create a decentralized platform democratizing access to trusted resources supporting mental and emotional wellness worldwide.

Challenge

Mental health represents a second pandemic as stress and anxiety grow, and suicide rates rise globally, especially in younger populations. Today, access to emotional and mental wellness resources is costly and uneven based on location. For donors, there is a lack of transparency around how funds are being used and the efficacy of those programs. People who are most at risk for self-harm and mental suffering often don’t know where to turn, or how to get help.

The Never Alone global platform will provide three distinct areas of functionality:

1. Free access to vetted mental health resources for people. Hedera Hashgraph’s Consensus Service guarantees the authenticity of content through a verifiable, timestamped log of events, protecting both content providers and users. The platform, which scales globally and is open to all, allows mental health and wellness experts - from medical professionals to meditation experts - to upload content into a service registry, where it is logged on the Hedera Consensus Service and given a digital fingerprint, providing a proof of content authenticity and ensuring it is tamper-proof. Also planned for the platform is a global real-time resource finder - “NeverAlone – True Friend” - which will offer individuals the ability to connect, 24/7, with curated volunteers, counselors, mental health experts/professional, local organizations, and hospitals based on their location.

"I think the future actually has to be about grassroots visionary leadership. The old model is dying. The Hedera platform not only will democratize content for well-being, for mental health. But, even more than that, it supports a grassroots leadership movement for a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier and joyful world. There’s nothing like a distributed system that is so distributed that it becomes totally invincible. That’s what the Hedera platform gives us."

DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D.; FOUNDER, THE CHOPRA FOUNDATION

2. A donation center, based on smart contract functionality via the Hedera Consensus Service, will offer donors transparency and trust over giving money to specific causes, secure in the knowledge that their funds can only be used in that way, and not for administrative overhead. For example, a donor that wants to provide 10,000 hours of counseling services to at-risk youths will be able to designate that through the donation center and have visibility into how their funds are being utilized against that goal.

"This is a moment where humanity is experiencing a deep sense of uncertainty with our global crisis, but this is also a moment for the potential for a profound personal relationship with ourselves, with who we are , with the people we love , and with our communities. Making pragmatic tools and resources available for mental hygiene around the world is at the heart of our vision."

GABRIELLA WRIGHT; ACTOR, HUMANITARIAN, & CO-FOUNDER OF THE NEVER ALONE INITIATIVE

3. The platform will also provide The Never Alone token to enable a social currency for wellbeing via the Hedera Consensus Service. This will allow for counselors, medical professionals, content providers, volunteers, and other ecosystem participants to be remunerated for the time they spend helping others.

"The platform brings the world of ‘blockchain’ distributed ledger technology to mental health, giving us the technology we need to build a worldwide community in a time when mental and emotional wellness is so under siege. The community will be both global and local, offering a way for those in diverse countries and cultures to contribute vital resources on a trusted platform to support those who suffer."

POONACHA MACHAIAH; CEO, THE CHOPRA FOUNDATION

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Industry

Healthcare

Overview

The Never Alone Initiative of The Chopra Foundation is forging an alliance of people and organizations dedicated to incubating a new vision for mental and emotional health and the resources available to people seeking support. The Chopra Foundation is partnering with Hedera Hashgraph to create a decentralized platform democratizing access to trusted resources supporting mental and emotional wellness worldwide.

Challenge

Mental health represents a second pandemic as stress and anxiety grow, and suicide rates rise globally, especially in younger populations. Today, access to emotional and mental wellness resources is costly and uneven based on location. For donors, there is a lack of transparency around how funds are being used and the efficacy of those programs. People who are most at risk for self-harm and mental suffering often don’t know where to turn, or how to get help.

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