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Mental health app offers free counseling for Marjory Stoneman Douglas students

Mental health app LARKR is donating up to $50,000 in free therapy sessions over the next week for students involved or impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

LARKR co-founders Shawn and Christianne Kernes are former residents of Parkland, who were active in the community and whose daughter previously attended the school.

Since the tragedy also impacts family, friends, school children, teachers and others all across the country, LARKR said in a press release that it is also offering subsidized, deeply discounted sessions for anyone nationwide affected by the tragedy.

“It’s utterly terrifying when this kind of horror comes to a place so close to your heart. This isn’t just close to home, this is home,” said Shawn Kernes. “Chris and I want to do all that we can to help those in need at this incredibly trying time, which is why we are offering free therapy for students and personally subsidizing sessions on LARKR for anyone affected by these awful events.”

The LARKR app is free to download on the Apple App Store. Students can use the code “MSDStrong” for free sessions over the coming week, while others can use the code “douglas” for $40 off an $85, 50-minute session with a licensed therapist on the platform. The service is available to anyone over the age of 13 and multi-user sessions are available if couples or parents and children want to participate together.

The company is encouraging any licensed therapists in Florida or anywhere across the country who are interested in helping others through this difficult time, to sign up for the platform today in order to assist with these efforts.

“I’m proud to be a therapist and LARKR Co-Founder, but I am a Douglas mom first and foremost,” said Christianne Kernes. “Our hearts go out to everyone affected, and we want the community to know that we are here for them and will do whatever we can to ensure that everyone gets the help they need.”


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