ANN ARBOR, MI — Drew Pilat, Tommy Searle, Jack Kornet and Mars Hovasse were frustrated by the lack of self-care resources they said they found available to students when they were undergrads at the University of Michigan.
University counseling services were overwhelmed, and waitlists often stretched for weeks, and the self-care resources available were old and clinical, they said.
So, the four friends decided to create a resource of their own: Wellnest, a “joyful journaling” app where users can use their voice to make journal entries to help them get ready for their day, understand their moods or just make a few quick notes.
“We know that journaling is incredibly healthy and accessible, but not many of our peers were actually doing it,” Pilat said. “We also liked this shift because the majority of students experiencing mental health issues don’t seek help, but we could still reach them with Wellnest.”