mental health

(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 12:44 am 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 09:30 am 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 03:30 pm 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 09:00 am 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 12:33 pm 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 02:32 pm 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...

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock; Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

By Leontina Postelnicu 07:43 am February 5, 2019
Instagram head Adam Mosseri will meet UK health and social care secretary Matt Hancock this week amid increasing concerns over children and young people's exposure to content glorifying suicide and self-harm on social media platforms, according to the BBC. Hancock warned social media firms last month that "more action is urgently needed" after the family of a teenager that took her own life...
By Jonah Comstock 08:05 am January 30, 2019
Chronic condition management startup Livongo has acquired MyStrength, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company. The company did not disclose the acquisition price, but Livongo CEO Glen Tullman told MobiHealthNews the figure is in the tens of millions. “This entry into behavioral was to complete what we call the whole person platform, and to be able to go to someone and say ‘Whatever...
By Dave Muoio 03:57 pm January 24, 2019
The acceptability, safety, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of Meru Health’s digital therapeutic for depression will be evaluated in a new two-year investigation conducted by Stanford Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System researchers. According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing, the research program will enroll older adults aged at least 40 years with depressive symptoms in two studies...
By Laura Lovett 04:20 pm November 16, 2018
Globally more and more health professionals are stressing the importance of mental health services, but getting patients those services can be tricky. The shortage of trained professionals and the stigma of mental illness in many countries around the world have often created a barrier to treatment. But recently technology has come into play to tackle some of these challenges.    “There is a...