NEW YORK, September 23, 2020 - HearMe, the peer-to-peer emotional support app, today launched
new channels dedicated to issues related to Parenting, Body Image and Disordered Eating, and
Pregnancy and New Moms. The new services are in response to growing demand from its rapidly
expanding user base, which has grown 420% since March of this year.
After launching in late 2019, the app released its free version in March. Since then, HearMe has grown
to over 6,500 volunteer listeners in 150 countries who provide support to more than 40,000 members
and growing. The app has seen particularly high usage in the US, UK and India.
These topics will build on the app’s existing channels, which include Work and Productivity, University,
Relationships, LGBTQ+ and Identity, and COVID-19. Users who select one of the three new channels will
be matched to listeners with specific experiences and training relevant to the topics.
“HearMe has helped thousands of people in their personal growth journeys, and we are excited to be
helping even more with the release of our new channels,” said Adam Lippin, Founder and CEO of
HearMe. “Body image, parenting and the journey from pregnancy to motherhood have continuously
come up as the most requested topics, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and these three new
topics will allow our members to find the personalized support they need. We look forward to
continuing to expand our offerings as HearMe grows to ensure that everyone is heard, validated and
With 61% of Americans experiencing loneliness, according to a Cigna study from this year, many people
don’t have a place they can turn to for support. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded this crisis by
drastically reducing routine interactions and limiting the ability of people to talk about and find support
around these topics. A third of Americans were showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression by late
May 2020. Research has shown that parents in particular have felt significantly higher levels of stress
during this time than adults without children, while the effects of the pandemic have escalated pre-
existing body and eating challenges for many.
HearMe works by quickly and anonymously connecting users with a trained listener who will listen to
their thoughts and feelings through on-demand text support. The app’s listener program builds off the
peer support model, which has been found to improve self-esteem, decrease substance use and
depression, and reduce hospitalization rates. Listeners who sign up to volunteer go through training
before being approved, and then undergo ongoing specialized training to be approved for specific
Launched in late 2019, HearMe is a free emotional support app that connects members to trained
volunteer listeners for on-demand chat, anytime and anywhere. HearMe is available for download on
iOS and Android. For more information, visit www.hearme.app, and find HearMe on Twitter, Facebook
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