Steve, founder and CEO of the virtual e-buddy “My Life of Hope (Myloh)”, started this journey after discovering a troubling shortage of available help for those struggling with mental health.
Through detailed conversations, focus groups and surveys, Steve discovered there were only 1 in 22,000 trained professionals and psychiatrists available to help. Combined with the difficult circumstances brought about by COVID-19, Steve saw this as an opportune time to think about ways to use digital tools to help with the shortage.
Since the majority of the population today carry a mobile phone, Steve and his team of 7 like-minded professionals developed an e-buddy so that users would always have a companion.
Behind the app, Steve’s personal encounters were also a source of motivation. He saw the need for mental health and resilience, as well as the need to address mental health struggles as early as possible. “A lot of people are struggling, but they don’t seek help early. Imagine having a headache, but only consulting the doctor after having the headache for two years.”
Through his research, three key factors result in the delay of seeking treatment. These factors are then carefully addressed through the different features of Myloh. “Myloh is not a diagnostic tool, but helps you understand what’s going on.” Through Myloh, users will be able to time manage, track their moods, and chat. When necessary, Myloh will direct the users to relevant help.
Steve calls his encounter with DM@360 as “God-ordained”. After a conversation with his friend, Simon from Indigitious, Steve was introduced to SC (chief digital servant of DM@360). In their first phone call ever, SC agreed and understood the heart and need for better mental health accessibility through digital means. Steve was thankful for the warm reception by SC, who was super action-focused, and was shortly introduced to the other DM partners. Drawn towards the vision of DM@360, this cemented Steve’s decision to join as a DMPartner.
“I think it’s a great initiative. With DM@360, there is an ecosystem of kingdom-focused members to support one another and opportunities for collaboration…Even if we’re focused on different areas, the heart of the matter is still common. It is important to connect to the rest of the body, even in entrepreneurship.”
For the budding entrepreneurs, here are Steve’s top 3 advice:
A verse that Steve holds strongly in his heart is:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)
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