MEET THE DEVELOPER
Mend a Broken Heart
Breakups are rough. Elle Huerta’s app, Mend, is here to help.
Mend: Breakup & Divorce Guide
Audio Self Care For Heartbreak
Despite our best efforts to avoid it, all of us can relate to heartbreak. Whether it was last week or in 11th grade, chances are you’ve found yourself at the end of a relationship wondering what happened, where it went wrong, and how you would ever recover.
When Elle Huerta came to the end of a long-term relationship in her midtwenties, she did the logical thing: searched the internet for some measure of comfort. But what she found didn’t help. The results were all clichéd, out-of-date, unsatisfying.
“I was in that very acute heartbreak stage,” Huerta says. “I was up late searching for breakup advice online, 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.’” But as time went on and the acute stage waned, Huerta began to view her situation as something else: an opportunity. “I was disappointed for a split second,” she says, “and then the entrepreneur in me was excited. I knew that this was a universal experience. There had to be a better way to address it.” That way became Mend, which launched in July 2016. Instead of viewing breakup as a failure—an all-too-common default—the app approaches it as an opportunity to heal, reset, and readdress.
It does so by tailoring the recovery process to you. After asking for information about your breakup (including such painful details as how long it’s been since you last contacted your ex), the app immediately begins offering self-care techniques, audio lessons, and constructive journaling guidance to help you process your situation. “We start with a lot of training about heartbreak and dealing with your ex,” Huerta says. “But the natural evolution is that you end up focusing more on personal growth.”
There are a million ways to experience pain, loss, and grief. And there are also a million ways to mend.
In building Mend, Huerta didn’t just set out to help users—she changed her own life as well. “I wasn’t a breakup or relationship expert when I started Mend,” she says. “I was just a person who had experienced that problem and was trying to solve it. I basically built what I needed when I was going through a breakup.” Although recovery after heartbreak was her original goal, Huerta says Mend’s users have helped expand the app’s scope and purpose.
“We have users who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We see people who have lost a pet. We’ve heard from veterans who have left the military and are processing the experiences they had in active duty,” she says. “There are a million ways to experience pain, loss, and grief. And there are also a million ways to mend. We’re really excited about helping people become the best version of themselves.”