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Ollie started MindJournal in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on MindJournal?
I’ve personally kept a journal for 10 years now, ever since I first went into therapy to recover from PTSD. My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.
When I started therapy I was still stuck in the mindset that talking about how I felt was not something I should do. So talking therapy was the most unnatural experience for me. So to help, my therapist recommended I tried journaling – as a way of privately thinking about how I felt and what was on my mind. It was a game-changer of a moment for me.
Writing was like turning on a tap in my mind and body that helped me to release everything. The most powerful thing in all of this, was a list of emotions my therapist gave me – this list acted as a way to help me kick-off my journaling sessions, as I would ask myself ‘what am I feeling?’. And then I’d go from there.
Years later, after recommending journaling to a friend – I had the lightbulb moment. He complained that he tried journaling but that he didn’t really know what to write or how to really use it. So being a designer, I knew that this was a problem I knew I could solve. And from that point, MindJournal was born.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater