Who we are

HearMe is an on-demand emotional wellness and peer support app that provides a safe and anonymous space to text with trained listeners 24 hours a day. Founded by Adam Lippin, HearMe's foundational mission is to ensure that everyone is heard, seen, validated and supported for exactly who they are.

Harnessing the evidence-backed power of peer support, HearMe trains individuals with shared lived experience to provide knowledge, emotional, social, and practical help to our members. Peer support has been proven to alleviate mental health symptoms, reduce in-patient admission rates, and decrease substance abuse and depression. This sub-clinical early intervention provides a better level of service and can often prevent escalation into more critical mental health issues.

Why we exist

• There is an 87% shortage in the supply of mental health providers with nearly 4.5 million more behavioral health professionals needed in the U.S. to provide adequately staffed care for the current population (Open Minds, Jan 2021)
• Millennials & GenZ are suffering from loneliness, anxiety, and depression in record numbers
• Loneliness and the lack of a social network are leading indicators of poor health outcomes

The number are clear, we need a new way forward. We need each other. HearMe aims to combat loneliness by fostering genuine human connection and increasing access to social support for everyone. 

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"I started HearMe because there’s a transcendence that comes from being truly heard, seen and validated by another human being. Being seen for who we really are, as a whole person, without judgment. There aren’t many opportunities for this magical connection in daily life, even though we’re surrounded by people every day who are also yearning for these things. So I helped build a platform for making these connections possible whenever we need them."
Adam Lippin - CEO of HearMe
Meet the Makers

Our Amazing Team

A mental wellness product built with mental health professionals
Our team has been carefully curated to include medical advisors, behavioral health clinicians, licensed social workers, and mental health advocates

Adam Lippin

Founder, CEO

Kristy Malm

COO

Dr. Michael L. Birnbaum, MD

Chief Medical Officer | Program Director, Northwell Health

David Demirkhanyan

Chief Technology Officer

BJ Watkins

Head of Community

Dr. John Kane, MD

Medical Advisor | Co-Director, Institute of Behavioral Science Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Chris Sill

Operations Manager

Rick Jackson, LCSW, BACS

Director of Education and University Relations | Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Board Approved Clinical Supervisor

Chelsea Borruano

Head of Communications | M.A. Mental Health Counseling

Brooke Haygood

Customer Success Lead

Anh Wilson

Business Development Lead

Apaven Stepanyan

Product Manager

Saro Sarayan

QA Engineer

Anahit Poghosyan

UX/UI Design Lead

Shushan Asmangulyan

Software Engineer

Narek Ghevandiani

Developer

Jennifer Fernandez

Listener Program Administrator

Emma Sarjeant

Community Manager

Ian Aiuto, LCSW, MSW

MSW Supervisor | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Christopher Russo, LCSW, MSW

MSW Supervisor | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cassandra Brush, LCSW, MSW

MSW Supervisor | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Melissa Sikorsky

MSW Supervisor

Darian Elmendorf, CPRS, CSPS

Peer Support & Engagement Lead | Certified Peer Support Supervisor

Bildad St Louis

Digital Health Transformation Lead

Trevaun Solomon

LMS Strategy Lead

Board of Directors

Steven Hochberg

Executive Chairman

David Gold

Board Member

Jonathan Westfield

Board Member

Bunny Ellerin

Board Member

Tracy Lawrence

Board Member

Judy Toran Cousin

Board Member

Supporting Organizations

University Partners