Krystian Fikert

Ashoka Fellow
Dublin, Ireland
Fellow Since 2011
MyMind

Citation

This profile was prepared when Krystian Fikert was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
Through his MyMind program, Krystian has created a movement for community-based mental health services, driven by a revenue-generating combination of paid and pro bono therapists and practitioners to make mental health care available and affordable without stigma. He uses both in-person and web-based support services to build his system for multi-layered support.

Krystian has removed the slow referral process and offers visits in a matter of days with three levels of fees, free for the unemployed and unable to pay, and fees for paying clients still well below market. He uses web counseling and question answering as a portal to bring people in who may be too afraid or unaccustomed to therapy, and offers a multidisciplinary team, from psychotherapists to life coaches, which limits the all-too-common dependency on drug-based solutions in the sector. Krystian’s online intervention tool serves as a gateway for tentative users and provides a shared learning platform for practitioners, making mental health care affordable without stigma, and maximizing efficiency through technology and allowing for international outreach.

Krystian has two centers in Dublin and is expanding into Limerick and Cork. His flexible, inexpensive system allows for full focus on early intervention and prevention, making mental health care available to those who need it most.
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