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    Published: 2016-03-09, by .

    Caring community for support for health and grief challenges

    7.9
    • Small but supportive community
    • Filter by interest
    • Minimalist design
    • Lacks private messaging
    • Signing up could be easier

    "Lean on me, I'll be there"

    THE VERDICT

    ReachOut is a tool for connecting people who are dealing with serious health and grief challenges, including heart disease, diabetes, mental health issues, substance abuse, cancer, and death. Whether the problem is personal or has to do with a friend, family member, or loved one, the community is open to hearing your story and offering advice. Select which issues specifically interest you to filter the feed, and browse posts from other people, comment on their threads, or add your own story/question to the mix. Topics range from detailed advice on what diets can minimize symptoms to general emotional support for anyone going through a hard time.

    Everyone ends up dealing with very difficult times at one point or another in their lives - this app helps remind you that you don't have to do it alone.

    THE PROS

    You'll find a small but very caring community within ReachOut. Perhaps because the app costs a dollar (which is really next to nothing when you think about it), only people who are very serious about seeking and offering help join the conversations.

    The visual design of the app is pretty minimalist, but given that the stories people share are so serious, it feels appropriate, allowing everyone the space they might need to express themselves.

    THE CONS

    The sign-up process takes a few minutes longer than one might like; it's a little frustrating having to go to your email and verify before you can even browse the feeds. I do understand why such a community should be carefully filtered, but it would be great to be able to read the threads immediately, and be required to validate to contribute - would make more a smoother user experience, plus allow new users to understand immediately what they're getting from the app.

    The design overall could use some polish - for instance, it would be great to be able to have a private message option to share more direct support with users you identify with.

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    by Janel , Appszoom

    Mar 09, 2016

    Description

    Reachout is a peer support App for those dealing with mental health and other chronic illnesses. Share among those who understand what you are going through and collectively manage your conditions and relationships better. You are no longer alone.

    "No-one understands why I am always so depressed."
    "I just cannot deal with Fibromyalgia alone. I need support."
    "Wish I could talk to someone who has beaten Cancer and has diabetes."
    Reachout - One App to address complexities from all these conditions and more:

    As featured on ABC Network, Google play (UK), Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Drippler, and others.

    Reachout is a Support Network for patients and caregivers fighting chronic conditions. Find support, gain self-confidence, develop better coping skills and reduce loneliness and depression. Join the Support Network for a safe and compassionate environment where you can express yourself freely without social stigma or fears.

    ** Chronic Pain: Find Fibromyalgia support along with arthritis, chronic fatigue, inflammation are all different forms of chronic pain that are addressed in this section of Reachout. Find support for your pain, use it as your chronic pain diary, or to compare other support Apps, exchange information about therapies that work in relieving the pain in chronic pain support groups.

    ** Mental Health: This support forum is devoted to discussing Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and other related illnesses. This section provides a means to relate to others facing the same challenges in life. Mental Illness Support Groups spans across multiple diseases and we will discuss them all. Use Reachout as a depression chat or BPD forum or mental illness chat or a Bipolar disorder connect App, we are all here to listen and we care. It is a suite of all mental health Apps rolled into one.

    ** Cancer: Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Brain Tumor, Lymphoma, Leukemia, Colon Cancer, Melanoma, Lung Cancer, Relapse, and Chemotherapy are words that change people's lives forever. Often, cancer survivors have much support and help to offer others. Read cancer survivor stories and write your own. In Cancer support groups, you can connect with users who are going through cancer and also users who have gone through it and beaten it. Users can chat about the disease, mental and physical aspects of the disease and everything else related to it.

    ** Relationships: We understand how relationships get strained after a diagnosis of a chronic condition. Now you can discuss your issues with your peers without feeling pressured.

    ** Diabetes: Whether you have type-1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) or type-2 diabetes, it is a drastic change of lifestyle and it feels overwhelming at times. However, you are not alone in this fight. Join our Diabetes support groups to chat and gain perspective from users about diabetes care.

    ** Heart Disease: Heart Disease is the #1 killer in the world. In this section, you can connect with many others who have heart disease or have had heart surgery. Get answers to your questions from people who are dealing with heart disease and help each other in heart disease support groups.

    ** Substance Abuse: This section addresses drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and other addictions. Talk to others on the path of addiction recovery and gain confidence that you can do it too. This is your peer support Addiction app that you have been missing. Gain substance abuse counseling from others who have beaten addiction. Gain support in a non-judgmental setting of compassion and understanding in addiction support groups.

    LEARN MORE
    Blog: http://www.reachout.life/blog
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reachoutapp
    Instagram: @reachout.life

    SERVICE
    At Reachout, we have grown so fast based on our user contributions and feedback. We always welcome any and all feedback to us. Have an idea for improvement in the app? Let us know! Email us at csteam@reachout.life

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