Infinite Games – Rethinking Mental Health Care with Mike Clare of Mood Health

Mike Clare is Founder and CEO of Mood Health, an online platform providing psychiatry, talk therapy, and medication management for depression and anxiety. In this episode, Mike and Daniel discuss the pain points of traditional mental health care and how Mood aims to alleviate them.
Last updated
August 5, 2022
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Mike Clare designed for Juxtapose, helping to establish brands like Care/of and Great Jones.
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“In some ways, one of the things that's really frustrating is that mental health is kind of become this luxury, where if you have the money, you can get great psychiatric care. If you can't afford that, then the system kind of breaks down and it becomes much more challenging.” – Mike Clare

Mike Clare is Founder and CEO of Mood Health, an online platform providing psychiatry, talk therapy, and medication management for depression and anxiety. Mike was previously Director at Juxtapose, the design firm responsible for the branding of trendy companies like Care/of, Orchard, and Great Jones. His background in experiential design helped him create an inclusive customer experience at Mood  Health.

For more, explore the transcript of this episode.

Topics discussed with Mike Clare

  • 00:02:38 – Mike’s background and founding Mood Health
  • 00:07:19 – How the current mental health care system is broken
  • 00:10:07 – Defining mental health care
  • 00:12:04 – Psychiatry vs. talk therapy
  • 00:19:55 – The mental health care experience in America
  • 00:26:40 – Mike’s personal motivation in mental health care
  • 00:32:43 – The customer experience at Mood Health
  • 00:40:13 – Mood Health’s payment model 
  • 00:48:45 – Designing for Mood Health

Mike Clare Resources

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