Links for 2018-07-21

The Digital Mental Health Territory: A Strategic Overview [Craig DeLarge | The Digital Mental Health Project]

Presentation slides including a useful taxonomy of digital mental health offerings:


Mapping Out the Mental Health Startup Ecosystem [Edouard Gaussen | Venture Beyond]

Trends of interest:

  • Full stack approach – solutions that bring together CCBT (computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy) and telepsychiatry, solving issues with both business models.
  • Prevention/mental wellness – DIY/democratization of mental wellness activities.
  • Targeting a specific condition – 42% of analyzed startups focused specifically on one condition. Addiction is mentioned, but even addiction is a relatively broad market, with many possible types that could be individually addressed.

Out of the Sandbox: AI for the Real World [Forbes sponsored by Intel]

But there are no user-experience standards for bots. “Users try all kinds of things and get frustrated,” says Cheng. “You have to make it clear what the app does, but you don’t have a standard way to show them. We’re still learning best practices for how to design an experience that is clear and successful.” That’s why teams need to pay attention to the basics of the user interface before turning to advanced functionality.

Anxious about a big speech? This startup wants to calm you down–with a cardiac drug you pop like a mint [Rebecca Robbins | STAT]

Kick wants to become a telemedicine platform that makes it easy for nearly anyone who needs a confidence boost — before a first date, perhaps, or a big work presentation — to get a prescription for propranolol. They just need to pass a screening by filling out an online form and interacting in some way with a physician — the current idea is a video call.

This is another trend of interest in the digital mental health space: combining human caregivers with technology in a way that makes it easier for people to find the support they need.


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