• Smarter Therapy. Together.

    Beacon is a mobile app for anonymous group therapy made scalable through machine learning

    We're growing - check out our "Careers" page.

  • The Net Result:

    The efficacy of therapy with the persistence of a support group, in one place.

  • Our Problem: Mental Health Today

    The numbers speak for themselves.

    1 in 4

    American adults diagnosed with a mental health issue per year

    2 in 3 

    Of those diagnosed receive ZERO treatment

    $200B

    Estimated earnings lost due to mental health conditions

    90%

    Of all suicides have an underlying mental health issue.

  • Our App:

    Individuals sign in with just an email and password.

    Tailored Groups & Topics

    Beacon allows users to suggest groups, allow them to receive specialized support from others who can relate.

    Interact

    Users engage with a persistent community of 5-7 peers and a trained moderator through text and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

    Facilitated by Moderators

    Clinicians from institutions we deploy with lead groups:

    • Overseeing group conversations
    • Coordinating therapy session calls
    • Individually messaging users
    • Tracking users with polls and diagnostic forms
    • Supplementing discussion with handouts

    Smart Intervention

    Our natural language processing algorithms interpret context and slang in messages to determine their underlying sentiment, providing our moderators with real-time alerts of possible user maliciousness or suicidal intent.

     

    Beyond flagging, our algorithms also generate graphs of user and group sentiment over time, with green indicating positive sentiment, and red negative. These graphs then reveal patterns in users indiscernible to the unaided eye.

  • Founders

    Committed to seeing Beacon all the way through

    Shrenik 

    Business Lead

    After seeing the effects of untreated mental illnesses in patients and colleagues alike while responding to 911 calls as an EMT, Shrenik realized something needed to change. He works with users, clinicians, and administrators to bring Beacon to deployment. Catch him hanging by the Hopkins climbing wall in his spare moments.

     

     

     

    BS Applied Math, German '18

    Johns Hopkins University

    Ravi 

    Tech Lead

    Inspired by watching a close friend suffer a mental illness, Ravi has spearheaded the development of Beacon from a simple chat app to the world's first scalable platform for anonymous group therapy . He draws from experience working on different products and businesses on five different continents.

     

     

     

    BS Computer Science, University of Pune

    MSEM Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

  • News

    We're honored to have been recognized with a variety of awards 

    Awards & Grants

     

    • “Most Disruptive Startup”, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2016
    • Winner, National Institute on Drug Abuse "Start a SUD Startup" Competition 
    • Invest 2016 Youth Business of the Year
    • "Judges Choice Award", Harvard Kennedy & Business School Social Enterprise Conference
    • First Place, Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition, Social Enterprise Category
    • First Place, Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering and Design, Digital Health Category
    • First Place, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Pitch Competition
    • Recipient, Ralph S O'Connor Grant, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
    • Recipient,  Whiting Student Enterprise fund, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
    • Ignite Speaker, Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute’s 2015 Annual Meeting 

    Beacon is also very thankful for a pre-seed investment from The Abell Foundation

  • Contact Us

    This is a problem too big to solve alone. 

    Charles Village, Baltimore
    908-255-9419, 410-318-9680