Two years of a global pandemic showing no signs of abating have taken a toll on so many of us, in so many different ways. If you are feeling the effects of yet another wave of Covid, you are not alone. In 2020, 26% or 52 million U.S. adults, experienced mental illness. Around one billion people globally are estimated to have a mental or substance use disorder.
It’s a fact that our mental health needs a wellness boost. With winter here and the spreading virus, and because we care deeply about our hosts and guests, we want to help you make this time easier and beneficial. That’s why we are partnering with ExtendaTouch, a free innovative digital platform bringing caregivers together to support one another, anonymously and privately.
The founders’ vision is to relieve overwhelmed partners or families and paid caregivers worldwide and to produce better outcomes for those needing chronic or occasional care. The ExtendaTouch portal enables matches between members to share support. It also provides direct click-through access to local nonprofits in over 250 cities and 10,000 listings to simplify Internet searches and links to blogs by subject, all on one interactive feed. Family and professional caregivers and those individuals in need are all welcome. ExtendaTouch is the place to share lessons learned, tips, and support. And no one will get left behind.
Andy Cramer (left) and Andy’s husband of 25 years, Al Farmer (right)
At misterb&b, we know and trust the 3 founders, 2 of them prominent Bay Area entrepreneurs and longtime LGBTQA activists. Andy Cramer founded gay.net and gay.com in the 90s, and brought together 4 million gay men who were isolated and lonely. Andy’s husband of 25 years, Al Farmer, produced the technology behind the ExtendaTouch platform. Their third partner, Bill Carson, is a board certified psychiatrist who believes that talking openly about your issues with another person who understands you is a great way to make new friends and promote wellness.
We, at misterb&b, will provide hosts and guests access to a free caregiver account at ExtendaTouch. Your membership will enable you to connect promptly and personally with other members. Coming soon, ExtendaTouch is introducing private anonymous voice chat. It will offer a higher level of communication and allow those whose first language is not English to communicate comfortably.
"While the world is suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic there is a severe shortage of caregivers," said Matthieu Jost, misterb&b CEO & Co-Founder. "ExtendaTouch allows paid and non-paid caregivers to access services and support each other. Think of Next Door, exclusively for the underserved caregiver market. We want all members of our community to have access to this much-needed service."
"There is no unified caregiver community that provides a broad sense of protection, support and belonging until now," said Andy Cramer, Founder of ExtendaTouch. "Our mission is to help relieve the stress and isolation that comes with caregiving by creating a platform to help caregivers navigate the complexities associated with caring for others."
ExtendaTouch is a support network that enables fast, private, personal connections. Profiles are anonymous to avoid any fear of stigma associated with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to allow you to discuss sensitive topics, including mental health, addiction, AIDS or cancer.
Whether or not you are traveling, we have secured free membership for all of you to help you through this winter and beyond. So, enjoy the luxury of safely talking about what is really on your mind. We hope you make new friends and get help with some issues. Make plans with misterb&b and let us help you relish a well-deserved vacation!