7 Cups is an on-demand emotional health service and online therapy provider

Our bridging technology anonymously & securely connects real people to real listeners in one-on-one chat.

Anyone who wants to talk about whatever is on their mind can quickly reach out to a trained, compassionate listener through our network. We have hundreds of listeners who come from all walks of life and have diverse experiences.

People connect with listeners on 7 Cups for all kinds of reasons, from big existential thoughts to small, day-to-day things that we all experience. Unlike talking to family or friends, a 7 Cups listener doesn’t judge or try to solve problems and say what to do. Our listeners just listen. They understand. They give you the space you need to help you clear your head.

Advisory Board

Tom Insel

Tom Insel, M.D.

Chair, Advisory Board
Former Director of NIMH
Amy Kennedy

Amy Kennedy

Advisory Board
Education Director for The Kennedy Forum
Harry Harbin

Harry Harbin

Advisory Board
Former CEO of Magellan
Linda Rosenberg

Linda Rosenberg

Advisory Board
President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Research-Backed, Evidence-Based Online Emotional Support

Peer-reviewed publications support the efficacy of 7 Cups for a broad spectrum of mental health populations, including perinatal mood disorders, postpartum depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
Journal of Mental Health
User Satisfaction
7 Cups is viewed to be as helpful as traditional psychotherapy.

Journal of Medical Internet Research
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety
Accessible support for women and ability to create new healthcare services.

Journal of Internet Interventions
Adjunct Treatment for Schizophrenia
Cost effective way to introduce new methods of intervention.

7 Cups received the 2016 Stanford Medicine X award for excellence in Health Care Systems Design. Stanford Medicine Med X Award Winner
Team  7 Cups Team 7 Cups is built and supported by a diverse team of professionals passionate about mental health and technology. Check out our team page to get to know us and see our credentials!
Our listeners reach similar therapeutic alliance levels in 19-minute message-based conversations as licensed therapists in face-to-face settings. We strive to recognize and distinguish our most reputable listeners. Listeners 7 Cups Listeners
Press 7 Cups Press 7 Cups has had a lot of buzz in the press. Check out our press page to see what other people have had to say about us.
We administer two different empirical diagnostics: PHQ-9 and GAD-7. This helps drive our research and impact stats. Tests   7 Cups Diagnostics
  • 100% of research participants would recommend 7 Cups to people who suffer from perinatal mood disorder
  • 84.6% indicated that the listener is a good support
  • 79.1% indicated that they would like to chat with the listener again
  • 75.8% of participants indicated that they feel much better after chatting with a listener
  • 70% of research participants rate support from volunteer listeners on 7 Cups as equally, or more, effective than traditional psychotherapy

Actively pursuing research with experts in the following areas:

  • Focus 1
  • Psychological aspects of natural language use
  • Focus 2
  • Digital phenotyping, i.e., passively collecting behavioral data via monitoring naturalistic language and smartphones/wearable usage
  • Focus 3
  • Mental health analysis via natural language processing (e.g. language markers of depression, anxiety online)
  • Focus 4
  • Mobile social support in college students with depression and anxiety
  • Focus 5
  • Effectiveness of novel treatment strategies to improve access to mental health care for adult and adolescent populations
  • Focus 6
  • Chatbot/Avatar perceptions and efficacy in providing emotional support
  • Focus 7
  • Adolescent emotional development
  • Focus 8
  • Neuropsychology of mental illness