Health & Wellness
|Press Contact||Erica Berthold|
PYM creates accessible, natural mental hygiene products that prepare people to live life as their best selves.
PYM (Prepare Your Mind) is the “better moods” company. They stand to be the mental health support company in the consumer goods category, and in delivering on that mission, they have the opportunity to reinvent how people think about taking care of themselves through nurturing their best mood.
PYM’s mission is to provide safe and effective stress and anxiety support products while building a movement to support mental health through advocacy and charitably giving a portion of its proceeds to mental health initiatives.
PYM Mood Chews are effective protection from the stress and anxiety of daily life so you can feel like the best version of yourself.
After Zak's dad, the entertainer Robin Williams, took his life in August of 2014, his anxiety went into overdrive. He found himself depressed, anxious, traumatized, and unable to cope with daily life. As he went about trying to heal and piece his life back together, he found himself trying to treat the chronic stress and anxiety he had with alcohol and cannabis products.
These bandaids left him numb, disconnected, and addicted. He was nowhere near happy and definitely not feeling like the best version of himself.
So, he stopped self-medicating and got sober. But he still didn’t feel like his best self.
His brain still needed something to bring itself back to center. Through a lot of research, he discovered there are a wealth of botanical adaptogens and amino acid complexes that help recalibrate our body and brain so it can heal itself. He asked himself why nobody knew of these compounds and why they were so hard to find. He finally found something that actually made him feel OK, made him feel normal, and helped him not just get through the day but actually thrive.
He spent the next two years innovating on compounds, taste, bioavailability, and accessibility to create a safe, natural, delicious, and most importantly, supportive anxiety and stress relief product.
PYM prepares your mind to produce the naturally occurring neurotransmitters that help you feel like yourself again.
Co-Founder & CEO
Zak Williams is passionate about developing best-in-class products and experiences to provide effective, sustainable products for supporting optimal mental wellness and alleviating anxiety. As a mental health advocate, he focuses his time and effort on sharing his story and sharing his experiences to support initiatives and campaigns seeking to remove the stigma and address the challenges associated with mental health topics. Zak is CEO and founder of anxiety relief company PYM and is an investor in technology and consumer packaged goods companies. Formerly, Zak was COO of the recommendation platform Crossing Minds, the Director of Business Development for media company Condé Nast, and the marketing lead for gaming and media platform N3TWORK.
Zak is a US trustee of the international advocacy organization United for Global Mental Health, a board member of mental health awareness non-profit Bring Change 2 Mind, and an advisor to national policy organization Inseparable and the mental health tech platform Project Healthy Minds. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from New York university where he majored in Linguistics.
Dr. Raghu Appasani, MD. Psychiatry
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Raghu Kiran Appasani is an Integrative Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist, and Social Entrepreneur focused on bridging the gap between western and eastern practices to create a wholesome society by taking a proactive approach to health.
Clinically, Dr. Appasani is trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Group Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention. He is currently a Health Equity Scholar in the MAPS MDMA Psychotherapy Program.
Dr. Appasani is the Founder & CEO of The MINDS Foundation, a mental health nonprofit, for which he has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, One Young World Delegate Ambassador, StartingBloc Fellow, Nexus Global Delegate, EchoingGreen, MassChallenge, and Kellogg Innovation Network Delegate. Through his extensive scientific research, he has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles and edited five books. He has given over 100 talks on mental health, entrepreneurship, global health, and consciousness in parallel with authorship and features in CNN, Vogue, The Boston Globe, ThriveGlobal, The Better India, and The Huffington Post.