We are pleased to be selected as the participant of the "2019 Startup Hub Korea" program organized by Seoul Global Startup Center, which provides opportunities for overseas startups to accelerate their startups and experience the Korean startup ecosystem. Sati was represented there by Ondřej Nádvorník, Co-founder of Sati on November 2019.
ABOUT THE SEOUL GLOBAL STARTUP CENTER
Founded in 2016 and funded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Global Startup Center (Seoul GSC) is an organization that supports foreign startups in the city of Seoul.
SGSC IS operated by a consortium of 2 private companies, WeWork Labs Korea & N15 hardware accelerator.
Since launch, They have successfully accelerated and supported a total of 85 unique startups to graduate our program in 3 different cohorts. Their most recent and current cohort has 44 participating startups.
In April, Sati’s founder, Amornthep S. (Sanju), was nominated as one of the Global Shapers to attend the Youth Mental Health conference by World Economic Forum and Orygen in London,
United Kingdom. The conference invited delegates in the field of Mental Health from all over the world. Here is some of Amornthep’s personal experience:
“I was very excited to have been nominated to join the Youth Mental Health conference in London. It was a sort of invitation which was justifying that my voice as a Mental Health advocate is being heard. I certainly didn’t know what to expect at this 2 day conference and didn’t know if I would be able to share my idea to be heard by others.
When I was there, I was greeted by delegates from Orygen who was kind and were very happy to have me join the conference. That was the first positive sign for me. I slowly creep myself in to a circle of other delegates chatting about their work. There were Psychiatrist, Writers, Counsellors and representatives from various foundations across the globe who are well experienced of the problem with Mental Health. The thought started racing in me, whether or not I was out of my depth, whether I will be heard amongst these scholars or worst, whether I will have the guts to share my idea in front of them. I wanted to make sure that I shine as bright as them.
We were then separated in 7 different groups. At first I was afraid to give any input, when I started, it was amazing how they took in my comments and suggestions. How they positively reacted to what ideas I was bringing to the table. This is because I had something to share with them. The story of how I myself battled with Depression and Schizophrenia. I was able to show different aspects that they may not have thought of before. Moreover, thanks to Orygen, I was given the stage to share my difficult journey with Mental Health and my promise to make my community a more empathetic community and hoping spread the importance of empathy to the rest of the world.
Our Founder, Amornthep S. (Sanju) is from Bangkok, Thailand and here is the story behind the name Sati.
“I personally went through Mental Health problems for 4 years now. The problem with Depression and Schizophrenia is that you constantly get anxiety and panic attacks. Whenever I have one of these attacks, I will always call a close friend who will remind me to breath and have “Sati”.
Being in a Buddhist majority country, you hear the use of the word “Sati” a lot which is the Buddhist term translated into English as “mindfulness”. To have “Sati” is to be conscious of your present and of your actions not just toward others, but also toward yourself.
The reason I have chosen this word as the name of our application is because it is important for us to be mindful of one another. Either if we are the one in trouble or if we know someone who needs help. By being mindful, we will be able to practise empathy which can lead to a kinder society.
However, when you are having anxiety attacks, panic attacks or just stressed, we can easily lose our “Sati” or our calmness. That is when we need to practise breathing or have a place where we can talk to someone safe to let out what is stressing us.
Sati is that place for you. A safe space for you to share your feelings. A place for you to gain back your conscious by sharing and caring.”
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Can you eat your way to better mental health? Study says yes
It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.
A study from Australia in 2016 found improvements in psychological well-being after increases in fruit and vegetable consumption. We wanted to know if this finding held true using a larger sample (more than 40,000 participants) from the UK Household Longitudinal Study.
Our analysis showed that increases in the consumption of fruit and vegetables are linked to increases in self-reported mental well-being and life satisfaction in data that spans a five-year period, even after accounting for other determinants of mental well-being such as physical health, income and consumption of other foods.
The benefits of physical activity for mental health are well established. The estimates from our work suggest that adding one portion to your diet per day could be as beneficial to mental well-being as going for a walk on an extra seven to eight days a month. One portion is equal to one cup of raw vegetables (the size of a fist), half a cup of cooked vegetables or chopped fruit, or one piece of whole fruit. This result is encouraging as it means that one possible way to improve your mental health could be something as simple as eating an extra piece of fruit every day or having a salad with a meal.
It is important to stress that our findings alone cannot reveal a causal link from fruit and vegetable consumption to increased psychological well-being. And we can't rule out socalled "substitution effects". People can only eat so much in a day, so someone who eats more fruits and vegetables might just have less room in their diet for unhealthy foods. Although we accounted for bread and dairy in our study, ideally, future research should track all other foods consumed to rule out alternative explanations.
But when taken in combination with other studies in this area, the evidence is encouraging. For example, a randomised trial conducted in New Zealand found that various measures of mental well-being, such as motivation and vitality, improved in a treatment group where young adults were asked to eat two extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day for two weeks, although no changes were found for depressive symptoms, anxiety or mood.
Though our own study cannot rule out that people with higher levels of mental well-being might be eating more fruits and vegetables as a result, a recent commentaryon our work by the authors of the 2016 Australian study sheds further light on this. The authors show that the number of fruit and vegetable portions eaten in a day can predict whether someone is diagnosed with depression or anxiety two years later. But the reverse does not seem to be true. Being diagnosed with depression does not appear to be a strong predictor of fruit and vegetable consumption two years later. This suggests that it is perhaps more likely that eating fruits and vegetables is influencing mood and not the other way around.
The engine of Sati App.
Living with depression and psychosis has not been easy.
When I first started complaining about my head to my family in 2015, they took me to the hospital, where a doctor recommended an MRI scan. The MRI came out clear, but my migraines persisted. It was suggested to my parents that I should see a psychiatrist. They said they had never thought about it. They didn’t know where to go, or who would be best.
We chose a well-known hospital in Bangkok, which had a small psychiatric department of just two rooms. I saw a doctor there for a few months, but I never got along with him. I felt that he didn’t understand me, and he told me to do things that didn’t feel like my “natural instinct”, if that makes sense.
As time went by, nobody understood what was going on with me, especially when I started hallucinating.
In December 2015, without telling my parents, I signed myself into a proper psychiatric hospital. I started seeing a doctor and a counsellor. They understood me more, and for the first time in eight months, I felt like I wasn’t alone. I finally told my parents that I was now visiting a psychiatric hospital.
By the time I saw a proper doctor, my condition had worsened. I was diagnosed with major chronic depression and schizophrenia, because I kept hallucinating. I started receiving diagnoses from December 2015, but by March 2016, my mental health had deteriorated badly. I was self-harming and talking about suicide during my hospital sessions. This prompted the doctor to prescribe me electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). There were only three hospitals in Bangkok, according to the information we had, that delivered ECT. All three were government hospitals.
My ECT treatment started in April 2016. I remember having to leave home at 6am to arrive and wait my turn, which usually came around 10am. I would wake up after my treatment at around 12.30pm, then go home. After receiving ECT 36 times, I was on the road to getting better. However, because of all the medicines I had been taking, I had gained 40kgs by then. This made it too dangerous to continue performing ECT on me. After two years of treatment, I have now gained 65kgs.
With everything that was going on with me, I decided to commit suicide in 2017. Saved by my parents, I was later admitted into the hospital for therapy again. Once I was out, I decided to leave Thailand for a couple of months to take care of myself.
As I was away from the environment I felt toxic to me, I was getting better. After 2.5 months when I came back to Thailand towards the end of 2017, I felt better. However that didn’t lasted long. I started going down the dark path again.
In June 2018, I decided to commit suicide again. However this time I tried calling the suicide hotline before doing on and my call wasn’t answered. In split seconds, I was back in the hospital again.
Once I came out, I was angry that no one answered my call when I needed them. So I tried calling the suicide hotline again and I took me 4 trials (over a period of 4 days) to get in touch with them. They told me the shortage of volunteers that they are facing when compared to the growing number of callers. As a back-up they gave me another number that I can called, which I tried right away and after 5 minutes, no one answered my call.
With all that I went through, understanding the importance of having someone to listen to you in time of need, understanding that being able to talk to someone can be a matter of life or death and understanding the overwhelming number of suicide cases, I decided to use start Sati App, an on-demand listening services.
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The need for someone to listen to you without judgement is getting increasingly important. Certain things are hard for us to share with people closest to us and for that we continue to carry the burden upon us. Many who cannot handle the stress end up harming themselves.
Suicide and suicide attempts take a tremendous emotional toll on the families and friends of those who died, as well as on attempt survivors. But suicide also has economic costs for individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation as a whole. These include medical costs for individuals and families, lost income for families, and lost productivity for employers.
The costs of suicidal behaviors—and the savings that can result from preventing these behaviors—can help convince policymakers and other stakeholders that suicide prevention is an investment that will save dollars as well as lives. For example, the recent study Suicide and Suicidal Attempts in the United States: Costs and Policy Implications revealed the following:1
Mean Medical and Work-Loss Costs per Injury Death by Intent – United States, 20132
Mean Medical and Work-Loss Costs per Emergency Department-Treated Nonfatal Injury, by Intent – United States, 20133
Living with depression and schizophrenia has not been easy.
As time went by, nobody understood what was going on with me, especially when I started hallucinating. My family thought that I was possessed and the best thing to do was to take me to see a ghost doctor. Not being a believer, that only made matter worse.
Sati App is a mobile application that provides on demand listening services for free by connecting users to our trained empathetic listener volunteers. We have developed a mobile application that will provide that safe space for anyone who feel stress or anxious to be able to share their feelings without concern of being judged. We believe that listening empathetically is the first step of helping someone.
Sati App is a mobile application that provides on demand listening services for free by connecting users to our trained empathetic listener volunteers.We have developed a mobile application that will provide that safe space for anyone who feel stress or anxious to be able to share their feelings without concern of being judged. We believe that listening empathetically is the first step of helping someone.
Sati got a chance to host students from BU and UTCC.
To share with them about Sati and discuss about the importance for leaders to have and understand empathy. To have empathy and be vulnerable isn’t a weakness, but once we truly understand that, we will be able to empower others around us to be empathetic as well 💙 Thank you CommonPurpose for making this happen
The Article from our CEO.
"This year has been so inspiring! I have never thought I would be able to meet up with so many amazing souls trying to change the world and be a voice for Mental Health. To top it off, I have been selected as 1 of 50 Shapers to go to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos, Switzerland! 💙
I will make sure to make Global Shapers Bangkok and my Shapers for Mental Health family proud! 😄
Getting nervous and excited at the same time 🤪 Thank you to my family and life saving friends who have stucked with me during my dark years and created a safe space for me 🥰 It is because of you picking up my calls, listening to me, caring for me, and holding me that gave me today".