An innovative grief counseling platform for children and teens
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, USA|
Tech, Health & Wellness
|Press Contact||Kristina Jones|
Guardian Lane is a children's mental health platform that is innovating how children access grief counseling. Children watch, create, and share fun creative grief projects creating their own social healing network. Featured counselors are also available for 1:1 tele-counseling sessions. Guardian Lane is not only a top 10 finalist for 2021's Medtech Color initiative, but over 1,000 schools have already signed up for Guardian Lane since its launch in January of 2021. The video projects help students emotionally and socially understand how to process their grief, but in a fun and creative way. Both schools and families can sign up for access to the community and projects. Video projects are for ages 5-17. Video projects are exclusive to Guardian Lane's community and have been submitted from vetted grief counselors from around the world. Guardian Lane was recently awarded the grand prize in the inaugural Medtech color pitch competition.
When founder Kristina Jones was seven years old, her father died from Cancer. She never received the help she needed to process the death but instead poured her grief into the arts. Her school, rather than provide support, gave her and her mom a Christmas tree. At the age of 35, Kristina decided to write a book on how she stayed connected to her father throughout the years. While writing and editing the children's grief book "My Forever Guardian", she noticed how her book's characters were building their own "Social Healing Network". Kristina, a successful 2x tech entrepreneur and the 14th African American woman to raise over $1M dollars for a tech startup, went on a hunt to see if this network for children existed. Not only did it not exist, but there was a tremendous gap in online help for young children and adolescents. After speaking with over 500 grieving families, Kristina saw the need for this "Healing Network" to exist for children. So, she and her team began building and recruiting grief counselors in the summer of 2020 as most support diminished due to COVID-19.
Kristina JonesFounder, CEO
Dr. Elena MerendaChild and Family Grief Consultant at Guardian Lane
Author and entrepreneur Kristina Bingham Jones is using the release of her first children’s book as the basis for creating an online community for grieving kids.
Guardian Lane is a grief platform that was launched by Kristina Jones, who after losing her father to cancer when she was just 7 years old, wanted to create a social healing network to help youth grapple with the emotional tolls such devastating losses bring.