Online Helping Hand
Created November 14, 2012 by Dmitri Poukhlov
Funding Level0k - $50k (< 2014)
Community SizeMore than 1,000
Overview"To establish an online nation-wide portal providing advice, support, and psychological help to those experiencing difficult life situations; as an alternative to communication with friends, parents, social or medical institutions which do not work or seem to be overwhelming or too embarrassing.
Such a portal will provide instant access to a network of participating professionals specializing in psychotherapy / life coaching, and volunteering individuals who can provide anonymous online therapy sessions to the seeker.
There will be no need for clients to set up special software, as the online service will be available on ANY mobile device (even those without video-conferencing capabilities) as well as any PC or laptop.
The interface is intuitive and simple, allowing users to rate specialists based on their experiences, choose specialists by ratings and participate in free group sessions, similar to webinars.
Interaction with the portal will be through a fusion of Facebook and Youtube style interfaces, which have a familiar look and feel and are very intuitive to use, even under stressful situations.
In the case of any emergency an 'ALARM BUTTON' will allow instant connection with an appropriate crisis line, emergency services department, etc.
Individuals using the portal will benefit from its convenience, anonymity, cheap rates, 24 hour availability, and multi-language support (due to breakthrough instant translation technology).
Professionals who participate will benefit from professional growth, especially those who are entering the field and require practical experience and client references."