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Top AI startups Solving Mental Health in US

Here are eight firms that are leading the way in merging AI and Gen AI to make mental health more accessible, afforadable, and, most importantly, and trying to not longer consider mental health as a taboo. 

This month is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. Mental health is a serious public health concern in the United States, impacting millions of people from all demographics. Mental health issues are common, with more than one in every five persons in the United States (57.8 million people) expected to suffer from one in 2021. Serious mental illness (SMI) impacted 5.5% of adults, totaling 14.1 million individuals. Mental health problems are also common among young people, with more than one in every five teenagers developing a major mental illness at some time in their life.

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a game changer in mental health treatment, providing new approaches to diagnose, treat, and assist people with mental illnesses. AI technology, such as chatbots and machine learning algorithms, are being used in mental health care to increase accessibility, personalise treatments, and patient outcomes.

Here are eight firms that are leading the way in merging AI and Gen AI to make mental health more accessible, afforadable, and, most importantly, and trying to not longer consider mental health as a taboo. 

1. Woebot Health

Founder: Alison Darcy

What They Are Solving: Woebot Health is an AI-powered chatbot that delivers mental health help via conversational therapy. The site assists users in managing stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties by engaging them in therapeutic chats.

Use Case in Gen AI:  Woebot, an AI-powered digital companion, offers personalised help via chat-based chats and procedures that rely on evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Woebot’s chats, unlike those of generative chatbots, are rules-based, produced by conversational writers who have been educated in these procedures and guided by doctors’ therapeutic methods.

2. Ginger (now part of Headspace)

CEO: Karan Singh & Russell Glass

What They Are Solving: Ginger offers on-demand mental health care by combining AI and human knowledge. The platform provides coaching, therapy, and psychiatric services to assist customers manage their mental health properly.

Use Case in Gen AI: Headspace’s platform use generative AI to analyse user interactions and make tailored mental health suggestions. The AI assists in triaging users to the proper level of treatment, whether it’s self-guided material, coaching, or therapy, thereby boosting the efficiency and efficacy of mental health care. Headspace had also acquired Sayana, an AI-powered mental health and wellness company.

3. Spring Health

Founders: April Koh and Adam Chekroud

What They Are Solving: Spring Health provides a comprehensive mental health solution to companies, including personalised treatment plans and access to mental health experts. The platform’s goal is to increase employee well-being and productivity by treating mental health concerns proactively.

Use Case in Gen AI: Spring Health provides companies with a complete mental health benefit that leverages proven artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to address major mental health challenges. Spring Health uses millions of data points to adapt treatments to people, forecast the most successful treatment, and link them with the right care from the start, whether it’s therapy, psychiatry, or digital behavioural health solutions. This precision mental healthcare strategy leads to two times greater recovery rates, shorter recovery durations, and lower healthcare expenses.

4. Meru Health

Founders: Kristian Ranta, Riku Lindholm, and Albert Nazander

What They Are Solving: Meru Health is an online mental health programme that combines therapy, mindfulness, and biofeedback to address depression, anxiety, and burnout. The programme is intended to be both accessible and successful, giving consumers a comprehensive approach to mental health care.

Use Case in Gen AI: Meru Health Treatment is an app-based programme that aims to treat depression, burnout, and anxiety. The programme, which combines technology, evidence-based therapy, and daily assistance from licenced physicians, creates a new standard in mental healthcare.

5. Lyra Health

Founders: David Ebersma & Dena Bravata

What They Are Solving: Lyra Health provides employees with high-quality mental health treatment, including therapy, coaching, and self-care services. The platform’s goal is to make mental health care more accessible and effective by incorporating it into the workplace.

Use Case in Gen AI: Lyra Health employs generative AI to link people with the most appropriate mental health specialists and services. The AI analyses user data to deliver personalised recommendations and assistance, hence optimising the care experience and enhancing treatment results. Lyra Health, launched Lyra Clinical Research to enhance evidence-based behavioral health care. This team of experts, including researchers and data scientists, partners with Lyra Clinical Associates P.C. to improve mental health care quality through peer-reviewed studies.

6. Kintsugi

Founder: Grace Chang

What They Are Solving: Kintsugi is a voice-based mental health companion software that enables users to manage their mental health through daily check-ins and workouts. The app’s goal is to give mental health help that is both accessible and stigma-free.

Use Case in Gen AI: Kintsugi use generative AI to analyse speech data and deliver tailored mental health insights. Kintsugi Voice is an algorithm that diagnoses sadness and anxiety based on brief snippets of someone’s voice. Kintsugi Voice uses data from a variety of sources, most notably our consumer voice journaling app, which has over 200,000 downloads and users in more than 250 locations globally. In addition, in-house surveys help us collect data. This strategy guarantees that those who do not have access to mental health care are represented, resulting in a patient population that reflects both national and global demographics.

7. Quartet Health

Founders: Arun Gupta & Christina Mainelli 

What They Are Solving: Quartet Health combines physical and mental health care, offering a platform for connecting patients with mental health practitioners and coordinating care. The platform intends to enhance access to mental health treatments and provide comprehensive care.

Use Case in Gen AI: Quartet Health use generative AI to identify people in need of mental health care and connect them with relevant providers. The AI analyses patient data to make personalised medical suggestions, hence increasing access and results.

8. Talkspace

Founders: Oren Frank and Roni Frank

What They Are Solving: Talkspace provides online therapy and counselling services, making mental health treatment more accessible and easy through a mobile app. The portal connects users with licenced therapists and mental health specialists.

Use Case in Gen AI: Talkspace released the results of its three-year-old AI programme, which analyses linguistic patterns in real-time chats to detect persons at danger of self-harm or suicide. This analysis generates warnings for therapists, allowing for quick intervention and appropriate care. An 83% accuracy rate was attained using a subset of anonymized, consenting consumers who were identified for danger.

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Anshika Mathews
Anshika is an Associate Research Analyst working for the AIM Leaders Council. She holds a keen interest in technology and related policy-making and its impact on society. She can be reached at anshika.mathews@aimresearch.co
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