Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin has been open about his struggles with psychological well being having beforehand shared his struggles with anxiousness and despair. In a tweet from 2019 he revealed he was in an “infierno” for 2 months of battling psychological sickness and urged his followers to hunt skilled assist and now he’s doing his half by launching a psychological well being app. Oye originated from his personal experiences and his want to assist whereas additionally destigmatizing psychological sickness within the Latinx neighborhood. Balvin is the chief dream officer for the app which he co-founded with happiness activist and ed-tech govt, Mario Chamorro, international artistic and social influence govt, Patrick Dowd, and journalist and media govt, Isaac Lee.
“By my very own journey with psychological well being and wellness, I used to be impressed and dedicated to bringing assets to extra folks all over the world. With OYE, now we have created a community-focused platform that can present participating and accessible emotional wellness practices for all,” Balvin mentioned in a press launch. “Everybody’s well being journey is completely different and deeply private. We wished to not solely encourage and permit folks to prioritize emotional and psychological well being, but in addition present numerous alternatives to the worldwide neighborhood to construct their very own worlds of wellness in artistic methods.”
An estimated 33 % of Latinx adults with psychological sickness obtain therapy annually in comparison with the U.S. common of 43 %, in keeping with the Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness. NAMI discovered that among the limitations to looking for assist embrace the stigma round psychological sickness, language limitations, and lack of medical insurance.
The app will present wellness practices in English and Spanish together with guided reflections and motion practices. With a view to serve the neighborhood higher by way of cultural competence, Balvin appointed private therapist, Carlos Lopez, a number one psychologists in Latin America, to co-chair OYE’s Wellness Council with OYE’s Head of Wellness, Mari Sierra, a Mexican wellness chief and mind-body connection knowledgeable.
“Embodiment and social therapeutic are central to OYE’s methodology,” mentioned Sierra, “OYE is just not a treatment for acute psychological well being points; it’s a neighborhood content material platform for making emotional wellness a part of your on a regular basis life by way of mind-body connection. Our function is to assist the world really feel higher and empower the following era to be extra in contact with themselves, their our bodies, and their folks.”
Those that join Oye earlier than its official launch in September will obtain a 1-year free membership to entry the platform’s bilingual wellness assets, content material and private updates from Balvin.