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Where do broken hearts go? They might not be able to find their way home. But they do now have a communal destination in breakup support app, Mend.
Despite our best efforts to avoid it, most of us can relate to heartbreak. So, when Mend’s founder Elle Huerta came to the end of a long-term relationship in her mid-20s, she thought there would be more support available to her. Having trawled the internet in search of help and guidance, however, she found only clichéd, out of date advice.
So she created her own solution. And now Mend helps many others deal with similar situations.
“I was in that very acute heartbreak stage,” Huerta tells us. “I was up late, searching for breakup advice and there really wasn’t anything that resonated with me. It was all advice that I’d heard before like, ‘It takes time,’ and, ‘Oh, you’ll get over it, just try not to think about it’.”
“I was disappointed for a split second and then the entrepreneur in me was excited because I knew this was something I was experiencing and something that all my friends had experienced. It was such a universal experience and there had to be a better way to address it.”
Launched in April 2017, that better way is Mend. Instead of seeing breakups as a failure, Mend approaches it as an opportunity to learn and grow. One that helps you not just heal, but reset and readdress.
Crucially, given the breadth and individuality of emotions involved, Mend also tailors things specifically to you. You can share information on your breakup, such as how long it has been since you last contacted your ex. And there are self-care techniques, audio training sessions and constructive journaling to help you process your situation and rebuild.
“We start with a lot of training about heartbreak and breakups and dealing with your ex, but the natural evolution is that you end up focussing more on personal growth and self development, self care and self love,” Huerta explains.
“We’re really excited about that and helping people become the best versions of themselves. That’s the natural progression we see with our Menders.”
I wasn’t a breakup expert or a relationship expert when I started Mend, I was just a person who had experienced that problem and was trying to solve it.
As well as taking users on a journey of self discovery, through building Mend Huerta has embarked on her own life-altering voyage. Having received help and advice from Jessica Alba after an appearance on Planet of the Apps, she has found new focus and purpose.
“I wasn’t a breakup expert or a relationship expert when I started Mend, I was just a person who had experienced that problem and was trying to solve it,” she says. “I really set out to build something that I’d use, and that’s exactly what Mend is.”
The app has evolved and expanded since then, too. And although helping those experiencing painful breakups remains its primary purpose, this isn’t all the app is being used for.
“We have users who are grieving the loss of a loved one, which is another kind of romantic heartbreak that is coupled with grief. We see people who are using Mend who have lost a pet and have heard from veterans who have left the military and are dealing with the heartbreak of processing the experiences they had in active duty.”
“There are a million ways to experience pain, loss and grief and there are also a million ways to mend,” Huerta adds. “It has been really interesting to see all the different kinds of people that are using Mend.”