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Not just survive.

Andres Fonseca and Adam Huxley spent years working in the NHS, providing mental health care to people in crisis. Repeatedly they both kept experiencing the same challenge: Too few therapists and a prevalence of mental health conditions meant public services were (and still are) overwhelmed. Mild to moderate conditions were not being prioritised meaning people had to wait until they were in crisis before receiving help, which made it harder and more expensive to treat them.

Andres and Adam both recognised that traditional services were not enough to tackle the UK’s mental health crisis. What was needed were high quality, clinically proven mental health services, delivered at scale.

Central to their idea was the fact that work is a protective factor for many people. Employment provides economic freedom, purpose, and an ability to exist in the world. When someone becomes unwell, or their mental wellbeing falters,  this protective factor can fall away.

Andres and Adam wanted to find a way to keep people experiencing mental ill health in work, while also providing wraparound services that enable quicker access to quality mental health support.

They imagined a world where they could put a device in the hands of people that meant they didn’t need to take a day off work or leave the safety and comfort of their own home to access care and therapy for their mental wellbeing. This service would enable people to regularly check their mental health, every day if they wanted to; and offer tools and techniques to look after themselves, with support from therapists if necessary. Importantly, this system should be able to quickly identify if someone needed more or different help to what they were currently getting – to prevent a minor issue becoming a crisis.

No waiting lists. No referrals. Just affordable and accessible clinically-proven mental healthcare, on demand.

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Over a decade of breaking down the barriers
to effective mental healthcare…

2012

Ideas into action

With a goal of high quality, clinically proven mental health services, delivered at scale, at the forefront of their minds, the first iteration of Thrive Mental Wellbeing is developed and launched by Andres Fonseca and Adam Huxley.
2013

Ground-breaking tech

Clinical trials begin, funded by the founders, friends and family. At the same time, the world’s first augmented reality game for treating the phobia of spiders was developed by Andres and Adam – a game that had its moment of fame when it was featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.
2014

Another first-of-its-kind

Following the success of the AR game for treating the phobia of spiders, Agoraphobia Free was launched with support from innovator and incubation organisations. The first of its kind, this augmented reality app meant that people who had a fear of leaving the house could be supported in their own homes with clinically effective tools, removing the need for in-person treatment.
2015

Clinically proven results

The impact of Thrive Mental Wellbeing is proven in clinical trials. People with mental health concerns who use the app are more likely to recover than those who do not use the app, according to research by University College London and the University of Roehampton.
2016

Thrive goes live

Thrive Mental Wellbeing officially launches to users under the name of ‘Feel Stress Free’. In the first year, people working in professional sports, insurance, education and banking benefit from the on-demand mental healthcare.
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2017

Thrive goes global

Half a million people around the world can now access Thrive Mental Wellbeing thanks to our first international partner, Air New Zealand. The data created enables us to predict and improve healthcare ROI.
2018

Proactive therapeutic support

Many people with a mental health condition will not ask for help so we introduced an in-app therapy and team of therapists, enabling us to proactively reach out to those needing support. This exceptional clinical team helps to cement Thrive as a leader in mental health outcomes and impact for employers and their people.
2019

Trusted by the NHS

Thrive Mental Wellbeing becomes NHS digitally compliant. We are one of the few mental healthcare providers that deliver care and support via an app to meet the clinical and security standards set by the NHS.
2020

Safety during crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic created unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress for people all over the world. In response, Thrive extended its offer to include access for friends and family, helping thousands of individuals with their mental health.
2021

Improved research and development

A research team was established with financial support from high-net-worth individuals and impact investors. This team of scientists is dedicated to testing, refining and improving Thrive Mental Wellbeing’s evidence-based product, ensuring people’s needs are met in the most scientifically rigorous and clinically effective way.
2022

Educate, empower, support

A series of five-minute videos on various mental health topics called Thrive in 5 is launched, which aim to further educate, empower and support users. New app content is continually developed to support users’ mental wellbeing needs.
2023

Smart mental healthcare

A revitalised, updated version of Thrive Mental Wellbeing is launched, helping to bring expert care, exceptional tech and extraordinary outcomes to even more people around the world.
2024

Scaling up, changing lives

As employers increasingly acknowledge the value of positive mental wellbeing on their employees and their bottom lines, demand for Thrive Mental Wellbeing continues to grow. Increased funding and an enhanced team will enable us to realise the potential this offers.
2012

Ideas into action

With a goal of high quality, clinically proven mental health services, delivered at scale, at the forefront of their minds, the first iteration of Thrive Mental Wellbeing is developed and launched by Andres Fonseca and Adam Huxley.
2013

Ground-breaking tech

Clinical trials begin, funded by the founders, friends and family. At the same time, the world’s first augmented reality game for treating the phobia of spiders was developed by Andres and Adam – a game that had its moment of fame when it was featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.
2014

Another first-of-its-kind

Following the success of the AR game for treating the phobia of spiders, Agoraphobia Free was launched with support from innovator and incubation organisations. The first of its kind, this augmented reality app meant that people who had a fear of leaving the house could be supported in their own homes with clinically effective tools, removing the need for in-person treatment.
2015

Clinically proven results

The impact of Thrive Mental Wellbeing is proven in clinical trials. People with mental health concerns who use the app are more likely to recover than those who do not use the app, according to research by University College London and the University of Roehampton.
2016

Thrive goes live

Thrive Mental Wellbeing officially launches to users under the name of ‘Feel Stress Free’. In the first year, people working in professional sports, insurance, education and banking benefit from the on-demand mental healthcare.
2017

Thrive goes global

Half a million people around the world can now access Thrive Mental Wellbeing thanks to our first international partner, Air New Zealand. The data created enables us to predict and improve healthcare ROI.
2018

Proactive therapeutic support

Many people with a mental health condition will not ask for help so we introduced an in-app therapy and team of therapists, enabling us to proactively reach out to those needing support. This exceptional clinical team helps to cement Thrive as a leader in mental health outcomes and impact for employers and their people.
2019

Trusted by the NHS

Thrive Mental Wellbeing becomes NHS digitally compliant. We are one of the few mental healthcare providers that deliver care and support via an app to meet the clinical and security standards set by the NHS.
2020

Safety during crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic created unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress for people all over the world. In response, Thrive extended its offer to include access for friends and family, helping thousands of individuals with their mental health.
2021

Improved research and development

A research team was established with financial support from high-net-worth individuals and impact investors. This team of scientists is dedicated to testing, refining and improving Thrive Mental Wellbeing’s evidence-based product, ensuring people’s needs are met in the most scientifically rigorous and clinically effective way.
2022

Educate, empower, support

A series of five-minute videos on various mental health topics called Thrive in 5 is launched, which aim to further educate, empower and support users. New app content is continually developed to support users’ mental wellbeing needs.
2023

Smart mental healthcare

A revitalised, updated version of Thrive Mental Wellbeing is launched, helping to bring expert care, exceptional tech and extraordinary outcomes to even more people around the world.
2024

Scaling up, changing lives

As employers increasingly acknowledge the value of positive mental wellbeing on their employees and their bottom lines, demand for Thrive Mental Wellbeing continues to grow. Increased funding and an enhanced team will enable us to realise the potential this offers.

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- Bailey Lavelle, Wellbeing Consultant at Santander

“The Thrive Mental Wellbeing app is a critical part of our wellbeing offering. It helps improve our colleagues’ mental wellbeing, build personal resilience and find additional support when we need it. Our colleagues love the range of tools in the app that help them relax after a day’s work, de-stress on the go, and learn how to deal with day to day situations better.”

- Jamie Broadley, Staff Wellbeing Lead

"Working with Thrive Mental Wellbeing has been a joy and the app has made a really positive impact on our staff. From initial meetings, through implementation and into ongoing delivery their team have been responsive, professional and lovely to work with. The product itself is miles ahead of anything comparable, combining elements which could only otherwise be found in separate apps. Our staff have really taken to it with some of the highest engagement rates of any of our initiatives. The data is showing that using it is leading to clinical reductions in anxiety & depression which is the whole reason for bringing Thrive Mental Wellbeing on. Overall we couldn’t recommend more."

- Ross Hill, Chief Underwriter

"Thrive Mental Wellbeing is one of a selection of hand-picked InsurTech companies Gen Re is working with to develop insurance products and solutions that meet the needs and expectations of consumers in the digital age. Over the past 18 months, Gen Re and Thrive Mental Wellbeing have been working together to tailor the proposition for the insurance sector. Together, they have been showcasing its potential to Gen Re’s clients around the world with a view to using Thrive’s potential to drive customer engagement and explore new ways of managing risk."

- Lynda Guttenberg, People Business Partner UK

"We partnered with Thrive Mental Wellbeing in the UK in September 2019 when we launched the Thrive Mental Wellbeing app, as part of an onsite people event, in support of employees' mental wellbeing. Thrive Mental Wellbeing have become a true partner, supporting a range of our mental wellbeing initiatives: i.e. training our wellbeing champions to support employee mental health through listening and signposting resourcing, providing mental health support training for managers and graduates, as well as providing onsite sleep sessions. All events have been well received with positive feedback from across the business. We look forward to the continuation of our partnership."

Get in Touch

If you would like to discuss opportunities, see a demo or discuss the mental health strategy in your organisation with one of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.