mental health

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By Dean Koh June 17, 2019
Oxford VR, an Oxford University spinout company, has announced the launch of its leading-edge treatment for common mental health conditions through a unique partnership with AXA HK and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dubbed ‘Yes I Can’, the initiative will offer a ground-breaking treatment using virtual reality (VR) technology. It will be free to the public and to AXA’s corporate...
By Dave Muoio June 17, 2019
Quartet Health, a startup focused on behavioral health and primary care, has brought in another $60 million in funding, bringing its total raise to $153 million. The Series D round was headlined by Centene Corporation, with support from returning backers F-Prime Capital Partners, GV, Oak HC/FT and Polaris Partners. WHAT THEY DO Quartet’s integrated platform links providers, payers and services...
By Victoria Betton May 13, 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13 until 19 May and the theme this year is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies, based on research undertaken by the foundation. The MHF research shows that just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers worry about their body image as a result of social media. Another piece of...
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...

(Photo from left to right): Professor Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President of CUHK, Gordon Watson, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia and Barnaby Perks, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford VR at the signing of Asia’s first partnership for mental wellbeing using immersive VR. Credit: AXA Hong Kong

By Dean Koh April 30, 2019
AXA Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Oxford VR (OVR) announced a first-of-a-kind partnership to pilot a groundbreaking automated immersive therapy using virtual reality (VR) for mental health in Asia including the Greater Bay Area. What’s it about The pilot focuses on a jointly supported clinically-validated trial in Hong Kong using a modern VR technology platform for...
By Dave Muoio April 12, 2019
From virtual therapy to mindfulness and meditation aids, there’s little shortage of digital tools catching investors’ eyes and breaking into the crowded behavioral health market. Although a number of these services are positioning their business to focus on payers and employers, many others are taking their products directly to consumers via monthly subscriptions, one-time retail purchases or...
By Laura Lovett April 11, 2019
There is an app for just about everything, and the mental health space is no different. But industry experts warn that not all mental health apps are created equally. While there are exemplars of tools that have been clinically validated, there is also a slew of technologies that have not been tested at all.  “There are lot of opportunities for patients to receive bad care through apps right now...
By Dave Muoio April 2, 2019
Blueprint, a startup building software for mental health data collection and clinician review, has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Lightbank and Hyde Park Angels. What they do Blueprint’s app-based platform distributes standardized clinical assessments to patients and automatically logging behavioral factors such as sleep or exercise with the smartphone’s sensors. Data from both of...
By Laura Lovett March 25, 2019
There are scores of mental health related digital tools available on any of the major app stores. However, a recent study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that a majority of the apps studied do not provide evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their products.  “Scientific language was the most frequently invoked form of support for use of mental health apps; however, high-quality...
By Laura Lovett March 12, 2019
Yesterday morning British mental health startup Unmind announced a €3.4m (£3m) raise. Felix Capital led the round with participation from private investors Michael Whitfield and Chris Bruce.  What they do The London-based startup focuses on promoting mental health in the workplace. Specifically, the company works with employers to provide digital tools to their workforce. The company stresses...