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who support
loved ones

with mental illness

It’s easy to feel lost when a loved one shows symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe depression or related illnesses.

Start making progress in live weekly sessions instead of waiting for the next crisis.

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We are not a crisis service.
If you need to talk to a live crisis counselor immediately:
Crisis Text Line

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What you get

Akin Family Circles Program

Reduced stress

  • Gain a sense of control
  • Learn to set healthy boundaries
  • Connect with other families who get what you're going through

Improved relationships

  • Separate your loved one from their illness
  • Communication skills for when symptoms get in the way
  • Learn to empathize and partner

Expertise in the mental healthcare system

  • Understand diagnoses and symptoms
  • Learn about levels of care and legal considerations
  • Learn how to work with your loved one's care team effectively
How it Works

Guidance Inspired by Science

Match with a Guide and find your community

Start by answering a few questions about your unique family situation. We’ll match you with an experienced Guide and your Circle - a small group of similar families who get what you’re going through.

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Join weekly live sessions

Each week, you’ll meet with your Circle and your Guide to not just support one another but also to deep dive into our science-based lessons.

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Make progress through science-based lessons

Start our 15-week training program as you build skills to strengthen your relationship, reduce stress, and advocate for treatment for your loved one.

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Akin Family Circles

Making progress means more than just emotional support

Akin Family Circles Support Groups
Live weekly sessions
Families that relate
1:1 support from a Guide
Education about mental illness
Information to advocate in the mental health system
Skills to reduce stress
Skills to improve your relationship
How to join

Become an Akin Member

Akin Family Circles is free for the first week.
Then it’s $54.99/month.

  • Welcome Call with an experienced Guide
  • 15-week program that will teach you proven skills to strengthen your family support system
  • Weekly Zoom Workshops with families who understand what you’re going through
  • 7 days/week access to your Guide to help you navigate whatever challenges come your way

What people are saying
about Akin

“Very informative and really eye opening. I’ve definitely told my sister that she’s being dramatic, etc before and that lesson made me realize how important it is to listen and allow people to let things out.”
Sister to a sibling with depression
“It was helpful to hear that someone has been where I am now. Hearing that your loved ones are living productive lives has given me hope for my daughter.”
Father to a daughter with schizoaffective disorder
“It's very difficult to find someone who understands and it seems you have a team who has walked in similar shoes.”
Mother to a son with bipolar disorder

Who we are

Akin is a group of scientists, tech developers, and other experts in effective mental health programs. Many of us have supported family members who have severe mental illness, and we all bring deep empathy and understanding to everything we do.

Stephanie Greer, PhD

Co-founder and CEO

Stephanie holds a PhD in neuroscience from UC Berkeley, and has led development of evidence based digital health products at Apple health special projects and Hopelab, and has consulted for many digital health startups.

Matthew Montañez

Co-founder and CTO

Matt has spent his career over the past 15 years building software at scale and leading technical teams. He has developed and implemented the technical strategy for multiple top App Store Health and Fitness apps.

Charlie Davidson, PhD

Clinical Lead

Charlie is a clinical psychologist with a PhD from Nebraska. For 15+ years, he has worked on psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery for and with people experiencing SMI, psychosis, and extreme states and their communities. He wrote a book on the topic and is active in research, advocacy, and professional leadership roles.

Kacey Ballard, PhD

Product Design Lead

Kacey has a PhD in Psychology from Stanford and a successful track record of design and product leadership at companies like Lumosity, Google, and Instagram.

Shirley Glynn, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Glynn is a Research Psychologist at UCLA who has spent the past twenty years conducting research on psychosocial interventions, most especially family interventions, supported employment and social skills training, to support recovery from schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses.

We're on a mission to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of families affected by severe mental illness.

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Common questions


Who is this service for?

Akin Mental Health provides services for anyone who cares for someone with a mental illness. You may be a daughter, son, mother, father, spouse, sibling, or friend.

Why is this service for family and friends?

No one should have to deal with a mental illness alone. Support from family and friends is so important for recovery.

But family and friends are so often in the dark. Not knowing how to help, or how to get support for their own struggles and stress. This purpose of Akin Mental Health is to empower the family support system so that everyone can recover together.

What if I have a mental illness?

We do not provide medical, psychotherapy or other clinical services to those experiencing mental illness. Akin Mental Health services are designed for family and friends of someone experiencing mental illness. If you are a family or friend supporting a loved one with mental illness and also experience mental illness yourself, you may find our support group and resource offerings useful in your role as a caregiver for your loved one.

Does Akin provide treatment?

No. Our Guides do not provide medical, psychotherapy, or other clinical services, nor do we provide advice on specific courses of treatment, medications, or products.

Who are the Guides?

Akin Guides are family members, like you, with experience navigating care for loved ones with severe mental illness. We use a unique framework to help you uncover tools and resources relevant to your personal situation and relationship with your loved one.

How much does it cost?

Membership to Akin is $54.99 per month. We offer a one-week free trial so that you can determine whether or not our service is right for your needs.

How long will it take to see benefits?

Members gain helpful information for their personal situation within their first week during their Welcome Call and in their first Circle session. Within 15 weeks, members will have learned Akin's core curriculum which will empower them to manage stress, improve relationships with their loved one, and navigate the mental healthcare system.

Can multiple family caregivers join with one account?

Yes. Additional family and friends are welcome to join the Welcome Call and Circle sessions with a single membership.

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