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iloveme was founded by Anne Pasdeloup and Eva Faas. Anne Pasdeloup and Eva Faas are both Clinical Psychology graduates from the University of Amsterdam. After graduation Anne started working in a Psychiatric Day Clinic, but after two years left for San Francisco to work in Silicon Valley, while Eva started working as a coach and mentor for problem children. Joined together again by their passion to empower and support people with mental issues in creating their own happiness, they have worked hard over the last three years to make this possible, with this amazing app as a result.
Around 40% of the Dutch population has had a psychological illness at some point in their lives, and 25% has experienced psychological symptoms in the last year. The most frequently occurring illnesses are mood disorders, anxiety disorders and adjustment disorders. When looking at the burden of disease psychological disorders are one of the most threatening for the public health, and the effect on the quality of life are as high as cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Psychological issues cost the society yearly 20-billiard euro. These costs include healthcare, absenteeism, loss of productivity and disability.
To compound this public health problem, many individuals with psychiatric disorders remain untreated although effective treatments exist. Figures show that only 10% of the people with psychological symptoms receive treatment. There are many reasons for this treatment gap in Mental Health care. Among these reasons are shame and self helplessness (a perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation). Psychological symptoms get worse over time, and when untreated, symptoms can develop into a disorder, causing the treatment to take longer and raise the costs of treatment. iloveme offers a solution to this problem by targeting people in the early stages of psychological issues. Because it is a mobile app and therefore easy accessible, plus the fact you can use it anonymously, it is a great way for people that are ashamed of their issues or do not want to go to a doctor yet, to make a first step to recovery.
Where are we now?
We are about the finish our mobile app, and launch the app on April 23rd.