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Huddle Redefines The Importance Of Social Support: App Review

This writer was not compensated for reviewing this product and her opinions are her own.

When in-person support groups weren’t meeting the mark for one of the founders of the app, Huddle, he developed a solution. How about an app that provides community support through video?

I recently chatted with Tyler, one of the founders of Huddle, and he described how the app was developed to support addicts in recovery. They have since expanded this app to provide group chats for people with anxiety, self-image issues, eating disorders and physical disabilities, to name a few. Huddle is also proud to support undocumented individuals who need support. They have an “Immigrant” support group where people can discuss their anxieties, stories and hopes for the future.



Their groups include:

  • Depression
  • Self-Image
  • Addiction
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • High School Problems
  • College Stress
  • Military girlfriends/wives
  • People of Color
  • Abuse Recovery
  • Healthy Lifestyle Support
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline Personality Disorder/EUPD
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Semicolon Group
  • Side Effects
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ + Community
  • Women’s Experiences
  • Support For The Betrayer
  • Body Positivity
  • Quitting Tobacco
  • Parenting
  • Self-Love
  • Social Anxiety
  • Trichotillomania
  • Spectrum
  • Family Problems
  • Poz (HIV + status)
  • Caregivers
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Physical Disability
  • Immigrant’s Experience
  • Spina Bifida

Huddle believes that video provides a better conversation than text. When people are reaching out for help a text mesage can only go so far. Delayed responses in texts can be harmful to someone in need.

I have tested out Huddle’s app and one of the pieces I like is that you can choose to have your picture pixelated. Tyler mentioned that they notice people begin un-pixelating their pictures after they get comfortable in a group. I have facilitated group therapy sessions before and I have seen similar comfort levels change after people begin to feel less judgment and more open to share.

This app is easy to navigate and I love how it provides a synopsis of what to expect within each group. Plus, they provide hotline numbers for anyone in crisis. The app has a no-bullying policy as well.

As I spoke to Tyler about my work in outpatient settings he said that they hoped Huddle could be used as aftercare for someone exiting inpatient or outpatient treatment. When someone leaves addiction or mental health treatment, they are reminded a million times to “go to meetings” and “call your support network” but I always wonder if they stick to those promises. This app could be another resource for people who don’t have the time or financial means to attend meetings or support groups.

Peer networks and social supports are crucial in an age of isolation and tech addiction. The premise behind this app is client centered, sensitive to people’s mental health needs and appears to lessen the barriers people face when seeking support outside of their inner circle.

This app is now available on iTunes and you can join the waiting list for Android here!


Refocus Using Inspirational Fashion From La Clé

This writer received complimentary products in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I admit that it can be hard to stay motivated or inspired at times, especially as a blogger and creative person.

As I mentioned on Facebook Live a few weeks ago, we have to “sprinkle” self-care into our daily routines. Our souls may not get replenished in one shot. Whether we deal with low self-esteem, mental health struggles or stepping out of our comfort zone, we need daily doses of healthy energy & motivation.

As I flipped through Instagram for inspiration I stumbled upon a company who is totally in sync with my philosophy: how can we keep positivity in our periphery?

La Clé creates action based accessories and apparel that give you the opportunity to Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good. I spoke with the brand founder, Deanna, and was excited to learn more about their products. La Clé (which means “the key” in French) is based in Vienna, VA and started in 2014. She states that the brand’s goal is to encourage people to make positivity and generosity part of their “daily growth strategy.”

What easier way to implement your daily growth strategy than to wear it!


Naturally I was drawn to their Refocus Bands, which was one of the products designed by Deanna. She created fashionable and durable bracelets so people could not only wear them, but also to inspire healthy interactions with others. When she played soccer in college she wrote motivational messages on rubber bands for her teammates. She hopes these Refocus Bands will be the reminder people need to keep their mind and thoughts positive. Focusing on the good things in life is part of the brand’s mission.

Deanna states that we have to take control of what we think. Whether I am writing about healthy self-talk or building confidence, I have also encouraged you to take back control. Controlling what we think, controlling who we allow in our lives and controlling what makes us happy. One of the bracelets I keep reaching for is the Rewire band. The message states, “Change is only a choice away.” When we consciously make positive changes in our life, we make a good choice. Good choices usually lead to good results. Healthy self-talk and a positive attitude actively rewires our brain.

The Refocus Bands can be flipped over to display colorful designs or your favorite inspirational messages. Some of the messages include:

“I am the storm” – Reassure Band

“It doesn’t matter what they think.” – Realize Band

“You’re effin’ brilliant.” – Remarkable Band

“If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no.” – Rethink Band

“Disconnect to reconnect.” – Reboot Band


The Refocus Bands also come in mini sizes and would make a perfect gift for any young person in your life who needs a little boost!

I encourage you to look into the La Clé website and SUPER inspiring Instagram page to choose an inspirational product for yourself or a friend, colleague, family member or mentee. Let someone special know that you are thinking of them and cheering them on!

Which Refocus band would you wear??

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