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An ex-Super Bowl champion created a platform to make mental health more affordable and accessible to Black Millennials. 

May 24 2022

An ex-Super Bowl champion created a platform to make mental health more affordable and accessible to Black Millennials. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 9.8% of Black Americans report receiving mental health treatment compared to 19.8% of White / non-Hispanic Americans. YPulse’s mental health research also found that 38% of Black young consumers say their mental health has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. To “meet the needs of Black communities,” 2009 Super Bowl champion and ex-Pittsburgh Steelers player Ryan Mundy launched mental health platform, Alkeme Health. Mundy said his own anxiety and seeing other young athletes’ and Black Americans’ mental health struggles is what inspired him to launch the platform. The startup has received $5 million in funding, and already has 30,000 users and 300 contributing experts. Alkeme Health users can sign up for a subscription plan, which gives them access to the site and app’s health education content, which includes live expert panels, meditative audio clips, and skill-building masterclasses. The masterclasses focus on issues specific to Black Americans, like microaggressions, racism, and generational trauma. (CNBC)