“Sparking” Your Way Through Economic Uncertainty​

"Sparking" Your Way Through Economic Uncertainty

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With unemployment on the rise, and a potential recession on the horizon, history has shown people need wellness and mental health support more than ever during times of turbulence. Not to mention, the turbulence felt throughout the past 3 years due to the pandemic, more layoffs/unemployment, and more economic uncertainty.

From job searching and budgeting to managing stress and anxiety, market contractions and overall economic changes come with a unique set of challenges and stressors, which naturally put our well-being and happiness at risk.

Bryan Kosarek, Founder of the Unitē app (launching later this summer) is building a one-of-a-kind community to ensure people are supported throughout all of their journeys, every step of the way. “Skills like adaptability, creativity, leadership, cultivating community, and time management become critical while navigating a recession. The Unitē app provides all of this through Journeys, and is a new way of finding support.

For Kosarek, it was always community which allowed him to efficiently navigate moments of turbulence in life whether that was coming out to his family as queer, better understanding his mother’s PTSD from her own struggles, or the loss of four friends to death by suicide. 

Bryan knows first-hand the dangers of isolation, and the importance of community-based support. “While I was absolutely on my own journey, it was my friends and our community that made the emotional journey easier,” said Kosarek.

While recessions bring unique challenges to each person, Kosarek discovered there is a “comfort and peace that can be found in a collective group of people who are experiencing a similar challenge, transition, or aspiration.” 

Kosarek added “in every challenge I faced there was always an expert I turned to, a community that supported me, and a set of insights from peers who went through similar experiences. But I knew I couldn’t take the same path that led me to a problem to get me out of a problem. If I was going to overcome a challenge, I was going to need a new perspective or connection to help me break through. “

From those elements, the concept for the Unitē app was born.

 “I was thankful to have some elements of the support I needed across a number of stressors, but I then struggled to ingest everything. I was also lucky enough to have access to traditional mental health support through a therapist, but I understand that is unfortunately a privilege not everyone has. More times than not, individuals struggling are seeking more information, in a more accessible way.”

There’s no guide to being human when times get rough.

Enter, the Unitē app, which will launch in August 2022. A peer-to-peer support app and community, Unitē allows you to discover and curate content that can better support you in key areas of your life while introducing you to the experts and individuals on a similar wellness path. 

Using two-minute podcast clips to “spark” A-ha moments or a personal connection (while also allowing you to discover full episodes and their creators!) the goal of Unitē is to bring together people who are struggling, going through life’s transitions, or more broadly – just simply seeking additional support, through and around relevant content and turn a community into a form of self-care.

Kosarek shared “For me, my mental health and well-being has always felt more like a language. When I can give the right language to my emotions and challenges, I can better find the support I need which helps my overall happiness and anxiety. When I didn’t have the right language, my stress and anxiety were through the roof!” 

Whether you’re struggling with the uncertainty of a recession, the economy, the global-state of affairs, starting a new career, processing problems within a personal or romantic relationship, coming out as LGBTQIA+ or exploring your sexuality, or even looking to launch a side hustle, let Unitē introduce you to the content and experts to better support your well-being and happiness. 

Due to high demand,  Unitē will start as an invite-only platform in August of this year. You can sign up to receive an invite or learn more at theuniteapp.com. 

The contents of this article and theuniteapp.com, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the Unitē website (“content”) are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on theuniteapp.com!

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

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