Sitting alone at lunch as a teen can be a horrible experience, something Hampton knew about all too well.
"At my old school, I was completely ostracized by all of my classmates, and so I had to eat lunch alone every day. When you walk into the lunchroom and you see all the tables of everyone sitting there and you know that going up to them would only end in rejection, you feel extremely alone and extremely isolated, and your stomach drops," Hampton told NPR.
Hampton eventually switched schools and was finally able to make new friends. However, she didn't forget all those lunch hours she spent alone.
"Well, I felt that if I was thriving in a new school but didn't do anything about the people who feel like this every single day, then I'm just as bad as the people who watched me eat alone," said Hampton.
The app is simple and easy to use. It works by letting kids sign up and from there they have the option of becoming an ambassador and creating an open lunch table or, if that's too much pressure, simply just finding an already open lunch table.
While the app is still in its early stages, Natalie Hampton is already seeing results around her own school. "So far, the results have been very, very positive. I had my first club meeting the other day, and everyone was very excited. And people are already posting open lunches at my school. So I'm very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start," said Hampton.
It's not proven that being bullied can lead to depression, but it definitely doesn't make you feel good. It might also not be a coincidence that 20 percent of teens will also suffer from depression at some point.