After partnering with a friend who was already a successful innovator, Moodbeam’s potential began to escalate, quickly finding itself visualised as an added metric within child and adult mental health, social care, education, workplace wellbeing, personal development and as an aid to self awareness, deeper conversations and meaningful communication.
Never really knowing where it would take them, Jonathan and Christina went on a journey of discovery. The first ones to admit that they’ve never had a definite business plan, the one thing they’ve always been determined to do is change lives for the better.
Something that started as a useful tool in a parental setting has gone on to become the world’s first wearable device, capable of logging and visualising moods and helping those who want to see how they, or a loved one, feel when they’re not with them.
Moodbeam allows its user to log, track and visualise their mood thanks to its innovative hardware device and bespoke application-driven analytics platform. Once the user has pressed the ‘positive or ‘negative’ button their mood is logged, time stamped and is stored locally until it comes in close proximity to a paired, trusted device where it automatically downloads.
That information is stored safely in the cloud, allowing the user, or in the case of a much younger person, older person or cared for individual, their guardian to see the highs and lows of their day.
Up until now there has been no recognised metric for happiness and wellbeing. Certainly nothing exists that can capture moods instantly and accurately to visualise mental health.
Two years of successful prototype trials within both personal and professional settings produced such rich insights and compelling feedback, to the extent that the company received £200,000 in health tech funding in June 2018, to bring the product to market.
That product, in the form of a wearable two button band, Moodbeam One has just launched onto the market with 25% of its first batch of wearables already sold.
Moodbeam One and its companion app has been hailed as an honest conversation starter. Anyone who’s ever been feeling low or despairing will relate to the inability to communicate either face to face or even remotely by text or email. Being able to log how we feel, and if we want to, share that information whether it be with a trusted friend, family member or therapist means we eliminate the need to look someone in the eye and honestly say how we truly feel.
It’s not just for the treatment of existing conditions though, but is now cited as an early intervention tool to promote positive self awareness, confirming and evidencing the highs in the user’s day, giving them more self understanding. Some have hailed it as “Mindfulness in Practice,” others as “the chance to own your mood and self triage those triggers in your own time through journal entries in the app”.
To give some examples, Moodbeam has been used by people with anxiety and body image disorders, depression, autism, cancer patients, managing directors, the visually impaired, people with sleep disorders, yogis, mindfulness coaches, nutritionists, those with eating disorders, clinical psychologists, hypnotherapists and EFT, personal development and employee engagement trainers, not to mention anxious parents, husbands and wives.
Bringing things right up to date, 2019 has seen a real dawn of understanding why it is so important to address and support wellbeing and preventative mental health.
Workplace wellbeing has now become a hot topic of debate within the mental health arena. Many of the companies Moodbeam has partnered with, or been supported by, to champion better approaches to achieving a happier work/life balance genuinely want to help change the lives of those they work with on a daily basis.
Barclays Eagle Labs, who have partnered with C4DI in Hull - the incubator and home of Moodbeam - is no exception. From the minute the Barclays team were introduced to the founders and their community, Barclays Ventures has been pioneering mental health and wellbeing and making it a much needed tool within its own teams. They’re the first to acknowledge the fact that we must start doing something about the wellbeing of both staff and customers.
When you look at the following statistics, the gravity and urgency of the situation becomes all too apparent.
- Mental ill health is the largest cause of burden of disease in the UK
- The economic costs of mental health issues in England have been estimated at £105 billion each year
- In an average classroom, ten children will have witnessed their parents separate, eight will have experienced severe physical violence, sexual abuse or neglect, one will have experienced the death of a parent and seven will have been bullied
- Half of mental ill health starts by age 15 and 75% develops by age 18 (Mental Health First Aid statistics)
These figures relate to mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and that is why it’s within all our interests to start chipping away at what might be.
By supporting companies like Moodbeam, they are helping the start up’s mission. Which is to change lives for the better through the use of mood- logging technology.