From Talkspace to MeetMe, applications adopt live streaming in an effort to foster real-time connections and support from online communities around the world
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Agora.io, the leading voice, video and live interactive streaming platform, works with companies such Bunch, The Meet Group, and Talkspace to bring real-time, voice and video streaming to mobile, web and desktop applications to help foster a greater sense of connection, community and support among peers in today's digital world when it is needed most.
COVID-19 has had a demonstrable impact on mental health, for both practitioners and the general public. In fact Mental Health America reported a 19 percent increase in clinical anxiety screenings during the first weeks of February following the initial COVID-19 outbreak.
This year, Mental Health Awareness Month is especially top of mind for many individuals around the world amid the pandemic, as most are faced with tackling new work and home environments that may result in feelings of stress and anxiety. Business organizations are adopting remote work policies, restaurants and retail businesses are quickly adapting to digital offerings for customers, and the healthcare and mental health industry is welcoming new technologies including live, interactive streaming to ensure continuity for their patients.
"During a time when we are quarantined at our homes, we are looking for ways to receive professional mental and physical health advice and stay connected with friends and family," said Reggie Yativ, Chief Operations Officer at Agora.io. "With live, interactive voice and video streaming technologies, people from around the world are exploring new ways to engage and interact with one another, and cope during this time. Mental health and self-care are no longer limited to a patient and therapist during a one hour session. With real-time engagement features built into apps, people have found a sense of peace and the support groups they need within some of their favorite gaming, social or dating apps right on their phones."
As people cope with mental health, whether that be feelings of anxiety, fear, loneliness or stress, Agora and its partners see users trying out new methods or mediums that previously may not have been perceived as mental health tools and resources:
"Engaging in meaningful relationships is a critical component of mental health and wellness," said Geoff Cook, CEO at The Meet Group Inc. "While we all social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19, live-streaming has become a critical aspect of our new remote lifestyles and provides a bridge out of the isolation and loneliness that too many people feel. Our audience highly values the connection that live video provides, from virtual happy hours and virtual dating to live-streaming concert series and 'Friday Game Nights'."
If you're interested in learning more about Agora's partners or its live interactive video and voice SDKs for your mobile, web or desktop apps visit www.agora.io for more information.
Agora.io helps apps increase user engagement and retention with a developer platform for live, interactive audio, video, and messaging features at planetary scale. With a dedicated network and device-optimized SDKs, Agora is the only real-time engagement platform designed to cross borders and reach users on low-bandwidth networks and on lower-powered devices.