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Psychology started out as an academic interest for Foung, but it quickly turned personal. “One of my first cousins had a psychotic break, and my family really struggled to articulate what to do," Foung says. The research was there, the desire to help was there, but somehow the solution was still elusive. Years later, after being involved with the successful IPO for Trulia, Foung revisited the problem. "We didn't see any technology solutions," Foung says, speaking of himself and cofounder Nicholas Letourneau. "So we decided to give it a shot. And our path was not to make something up but to connect with a team of researchers.” And with that, Lantern, a digital form of therapy that can help with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, was born. "Mental health is for everyone," Foung says. "It affects everyone, and everyone should have access. Lantern provides that possibility."
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