Bring Accessible and Proactive Mental Health Support to Your School
Sonar for Schools
We are facing a youth mental health crisis because we don’t have the insights or capacity to effectively support them. This lack of support leads to bullying, depression, skipping school, and other negative consequences. It doesn’t have to be this way. Sonar offers peace of mind that your students will be supported during and outside school hours.
of students said they felt supported and experienced improved wellbeing
of parents would recommend Sonar to friends and family
accuracy in identifying moments for support
Improve student outcomes.
By addressing mental health challenges early and proactively, Sonar helps improve student outcomes, including increased overall wellbeing, better attendance, and improved academic performance.
Relieve stress on school personnel.
Sonar’s personalized approach to student wellbeing complements school counselors by providing an additional layer of support. Counselors, teachers, and administrators can breathe easier knowing students are receiving the emotional support they need.
Support that goes beyond the school day.
Mental health challenges don’t always happen on a schedule. With Sonar, students have access to a safety net of support anytime, anywhere. Seeking help at school can be intimidating – sending a text is a low-pressure and confidential way for students to reach out.
Real human support.
Every student has access to their own Wellbeing Companion. Wellbeing Companions are certified peer counselors, trained in techniques like motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They are dedicated to building a trusted relationship with students, making it easier for them to get support when they need it.
AI meets wellbeing.
Sonar seamlessly integrates with Gen Z’s favorite social platforms, leveraging social media and phone activity to provide personalized support (with consent, of course). This helps Wellbeing Companions to identify potential challenges early on. With this proactive approach, teens can stay on top of their wellbeing.
Backed by research.
Sonar is an evidence-based solution that delivers real results for student mental health. Our approach is grounded in extensive clinical research that demonstrates the ability for AI-driven solutions to accurately predict when a moment for support is needed.
Why educators love Sonar.

“offer students somewhere to turn to that puts no extra burden on our staff... a game changer”

Students are really struggling, in a post-pandemic, social media led world. We see it everyday. Being able to offer students somewhere to turn to that puts no extra burden on our staff is a game changer.

Brian T.

School Administrator

“very differentiated from other mental health services we've seen”

Sonar has a very unique angle to prevention. An early warning system coupled with real-time support that is very differentiated from other mental health services we've seen.

Helen S.

School Administrator

“identify challenges earlier and support students outside school hours”

We are so overwhelmed and don’t have enough capacity to support all our students in a timely manner. Sonar is amazing because they act as an extension of our services, identify challenges earlier and support students outside school hours.

Marissa J.

School Counselor

Questions? We’ve
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Want to learn more? Get in touch and we’ll reach out.
Why Sonar?

Our core benefits to students include:

  • Identifying potential wellbeing challenges early through private and secure review of social media and mobile activity.
  • Providing personalized support from certified peer counselors who use clinical techniques like motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Offering a safe space for students to share their thoughts and feelings, and learn healthy coping strategies that will serve them throughout their lives.
Who are the wellbeing companions that respond to students?

Wellbeing Companions are highly vetted & certified peer counselors aged 18-28.

  • Our vetting process includes multiple interviews, a live case, references, and a background check.
  • We take them through a certification & training process, led by an adolescent psychiatrist. This includes instructional sessions and role shadowing.
  • We also use continuous training and supervision to ensure students are receiving the highest quality support.
  • Having tested peer counselors vs. therapists for our use case, we have found that peers were more effective at connecting with students and helping them cope with challenges! If we believe a therapist is required, we can help the student and their family find one.
What can students talk to Wellbeing Companions about?

Anything that’s on their mind, from daily stresses and annoyances to more serious challenges and mental health concerns.

We’ve seen students talk to their Wellbeing Companion about:

  • Poor grades or stressful presentations
  • Issues with friends or relationship problems
  • Bullying at school
  • Anxiety, depression, and grief

Wellbeing Companions are dedicated to building a trusted relationship with students, making it easier for them to reach out and get early support when they need it.

What is the protocol if a student is in crisis?

We have an escalation protocol that follows clinical best practices. In the event of a crisis situation, we:

  • Engage with the student to support them and suggest crisis resources (e.g., 988), and
  • Reach out to their emergency contact(s) with detail to enable immediate support.

Should the student stop responding, we can’t reach their emergency contact, and we believe there is imminent risk of harm to self or others, we will reach out to the emergency department.

Sonar and its Wellbeing Companions do not provide medical advice, provide medical supervision, practice medicine, engage in clinical social work, or practice mental healthcare in any way. Please contact a licensed professional to receive such services or, in an emergency, call 911.

How is Sonar implemented?

We understand that every school has unique needs, so we work closely with schools to develop a customized implementation plan to ensure a smooth onboarding experience for students, teachers, and staff.

In general, implementation usually follows one of two methods:

  1. Student Self-Registration: Students sign up for Sonar during a designated onboarding session, typically during homeroom. This process usually takes around 10 minutes, and students can use their personal or school-provided devices. We will provide an onboarding guide and any necessary materials to facilitate this process.
  2. School-Managed Registration: We will work with your school to gather the necessary information and create Sonar accounts on behalf of students. This method can help streamline the registration process and ensure every student has access. We will provide clear instructions on how students can activate their accounts.

For further information or to discuss your school's specific needs, get in touch with us.

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If you, your child, or someone you know is in crisis, call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or reach out to the following national resources. You’re never alone.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24h Crisis Center
Text 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line
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