New services help people cope with the end of a relationship

Although a breakup is typically thought of as a sad event, youth are seeking out the positives that come with the situation, regarding it as less of an ending and more of a beginning; 60% of global youth think they’ll fall in love multiple times in their lives. When an emotionally challenging breakup does occur, new services are there to provide modern coping tactics.


Canadian relationship columnist Amy Chan hosted her first Renew Breakup Boot Camp in upstate New York this winter with an intimate group of attendees and staff members. The immersive three-day experience involved yoga, meditation, group discussions, energy-healing, elaborate organic meals, and other activities designed to help people recover. Attendees were encouraged to remain unplugged from technology and focus on healing throughout the retreat. At $1,000 for a shared room, the boot camp was a more expensive coping mechanism than changing one’s look to deal with a breakup, as 21% of youth report doing. 


Online dating has come a long way in recent years, and though it’s commonly considered a legitimate way to find a romantic partner, 60% of youth say technology makes dating confusing. To help make breakups less confusing, relationship author Zoë Foster Blake has a solution: a new app, Break-Up Boss, that acts like an on-demand counselor, helping users cope through positive messages and fake texting exercises. Though not as immersive as a breakup retreat, the app has a one-time download fee of $10, making it far more affordable. 


Built by former Google employee Ellen Huerta, Mend is an app that aims to be a "personal trainer for heartbreak." Voiced by Huerta personified as "Elle," the app walks users through guided training sessions, tracking their mood, the days since the breakup, any communication with the ex, and providing a daily journal prompt. The app is free for a seven-day trial, and a membership fee unlocks additional features like access to a community of fellow users getting over a breakup and a section to track recovery by logging participation in positive activities such as exercise, self-care, and even going on dates again.