mental health

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By Tammy Lovell 05:40 am March 25, 2020
Clinical psychologists at medical device firm Flow Neuroscience have offered guidance to support and manage mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swedish startup says that its brain stimulation headset is a modern drug-free treatment for depression, which does not require health services, such as the NHS.  Clinical studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the British...
By Tammy Lovell 04:59 am March 18, 2020
As cases of COVID-19 around the world increase, it is not only people’s physical health which is under threat.  Uncertainty, constant news and social isolation can trigger anxiety for many, especially those with pre-existing mental health conditions.   Stephen Buckley, head of information at UK Mind, said the pandemic is “causing people a lot of concern and media coverage might play a role in...
By Dave Muoio 01:44 pm March 11, 2020
Lyra Health, maker of a digital benefits platform focused on behavioral health, announced today that it is adding $75 million in Series C funding to the roughly $100 million it had raised previously. The new investments were headed by IVP, with additional support coming from new backer Meritech Capital Partners and prior investors Casdin Capital, Crown Venture Fund, Glynn Capital, Greylock...

Left to right: Barnaby Perks, CEO of Oxford VR, and Ash Patel, Optum Ventures principal; Credit: Oxford VR

By Leontina Postelnicu 10:01 am February 12, 2020
British firm Oxford VR has secured £10 million in a Series A funding round led by Optum Ventures, with support from Luminous Ventures. Existing backers Oxford Sciences Innovation, Oxford University Innovation and GT Healthcare Capital Partners also participated. WHAT THEY DO Oxford VR, a spinout from the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, was founded in 2017. It builds on two...
By Laura Lovett 03:41 pm February 11, 2020
This morning workplace mental health platform Unmind scored $10 million in Series A funding. Project A led the round with additional participation from Felix Capital.  This comes less than a year after the London-based startup announced a $3.8 million (£3 million) raise led by Felix Capital and private investors Michael Whitfield and Chris Bruce.  WHAT THEY DO The British company focuses on...
By Laura Lovett 12:04 pm December 5, 2019
When it comes to mental health apps, validation is a hot topic. But studying those apps can pose some hefty challenges. A recent meta analysis published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that studies of apps for depressive symptoms had around a 50% dropout rate when accounting for bias.  However, researchers discovered that the rate was lower when the apps included a human...
By Dave Muoio 02:04 pm December 3, 2019
Motivo, a startup platform that new mental health providers can use to complete their training alongside a remote clinical supervisor, has announced a $2.2 million seed funding round. The investment was led by Cox Enterprises, with additional participation from Techstars, SEI Ventures, ECMC, Great Oaks VC, The Jump Fund, Emmett Partners, Next Wave Impact Fund and other unnamed angel investors....
By Dave Muoio 11:44 am December 2, 2019
Quartet Health, a startup focused on behavioral health and primary care, has tacked an extra $7.5 million onto its $60 million Series D round courtesy of a new investment from Echo Ventures — the joint venture arm of Cambia Health Solutions and Blue Cross of North Carolina — as well as Deerfield Capital, a representative of the company told MobiHealthNews. The announcement comes as the startup...

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly checks out the Microsoft HoloLens aboard a space station on February 20, 2016. The device is part of NASA's project Sidekick, which is exploring the use of augmented reality to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency with which astronauts can work in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett 01:25 pm November 8, 2019
Spending three years in an enclosed spacecraft with less than a handful of companions is a daunting task — not just physically but psychologically. However, that will be the reality for the crew going to Mars, a trip which is slated for some time in the next two decades.   “These people who travel with a small crew and small habitable body [face] psychological stress of that confinement and...
By Dave Muoio 10:34 am November 7, 2019
Telehealth giant American Well has struck a deal to acquire Aligned Telehealth, a vendor of telepsychiatry and behavioral health that services providers and payers. American Well says that this move will make it the largest enterprise telepsychiatry platform operating in the US. At this time, the companies are not sharing any terms of the deal such as its price, official effective date or whether...