Mental health continues to be an important topic in our society. More and more startups are founded specifically in this field to support individuals and companies in dealing with mental health. Here you can find the top 5 mental health startups in Europe. Have fun browsing.
The best mental health startups in Europe
- Meru Health
- Flow Neuroscience
Founders: Kristian Ranta, Albert Nazander & Riku Lindholm
Meru Health is an online medical mental health provider. Founded in 2016, the mental health startup initially launched in Helsinki, Finland and specializes specifically in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and burnout. Essentially, Meru Health offers a twelve-week treatment program to help patient’s. The program is supported by licensed mental health specialists provided by Meru Health. In addition, users are provided with specific therapeutic lessons to use at home, as well as the opportunity to share their personal experiences, steps, and challenges with an anonymous peer support group. Meru Health was previously mentioned in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and received a $4.2 million investment in April 2019 to further develop its digital platform and now also has an office in California, USA.
Founders: Daniel Mansson and Erik Rehn
Flow Neuroscience offers a new, drug-free, at-home treatment for depression. This treatment consists of a brain stimulation headset that is applied combined with an AI-powered app therapy program. The headset applies a brain stimulation technique known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Through it, a gentle electrical signal is delivered to the patient*s head, which, according to the Sweden-based startup, should help significantly reduce depression symptoms or even eliminate them altogether. However, care should be taken to ensure that it is used for six weeks initially and in no way replaces therapeutic treatment with a licensed psychologist.
Founders: Dr. Annemarie O’Connor, Calvin Benton & Gavin Dhesi
We live in an age driven by digital communication, constant growth, and the pressure to constantly function. This fact, or problem – whatever you want to call it, was also brought to the attention of the three founders of Spill. Dr. Annemarie O’Connor, Gavin Dhesi and Calvin Benton accordingly developed a message-based therapy app that can be used by individuals as well as organizations. Similar to related mental health programs, users* are paired with qualified Spill counselors to receive support, exercises, and guidance. In addition, the counselors* provided by Spill can be contacted by users* at any time if a conversation is needed. Companies also receive tracking analysis and insights to help identify how mental health improvements are linked to better performance and lower absenteeism. Founded in London in 2017, Spill’s mission is to finally lift the taboo on talking about emotions.
Founders: Caroline Rödén, Lisa Löfgren & Tamara Wilfinger.
BlueCall is a Stockholm-based startup founded in 2016. Founded by Caroline Rödén, Lisa Löfgren and Tamara Wilfinger, the startup specializes in offering instant and moreover anonymous therapeutic calls through a specially developed app. The interesting thing about this program is that it is primarily aimed at employers, in order to be able to create a safer environment and optimized conditions for employees* in their everyday work in the future, and to make the well-being of employees* healthy in the long run. By asking a few questions at the beginning, BlueCall discusses an analysis and then moves on to further conversational support with volunteers, mentors and professional psychologists, tailored in each case to the individual user.
Founders: Hermine Bonde Jahren & Henrik H. Jahren
Braive is an Oslo-based startup that offers personalized treatment programs, online courses, and e-learning tools on internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT). Co-Founder Henrik H. Jahren founded the Norwegian startup in 2015 to help his patients with mental health problems online through new technologies. The treatment programs used at Braive are based on ongoing research collaborations with universities and the healthcare sector, and are offered as both individual and group sessions. The startup’s program categories are divided into sadness, loss and trauma; worry and anxiety; and stress and recovery. In addition, users* can already perform a mental health check themselves on the homepage, the process of which is explained step by step on the website.