Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on emerging solutions that mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic. Here, we are taking a look at some of the top mental health solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Mental Health Solutions
We use a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 339 relevant solutions. Welltory, Wysa, Flowly, WellTrack, and Unmind develop 5 top solutions to watch out for!
WellTrack – Wellness Assessment
Students are one of the most susceptible groups to mental health problems during the coronavirus pandemic. They face concerns about lower grades due to the situation, being away from home during a crisis, and an uncertain future. Additionally, with universities being closed, campus counselors are not accessible. Mental health technologies help manage stress and depression and contribute to the psychological well-being of students.
Canada-based company WellTrack offers interactive self-help solutions for wellness assessment. The solution tracks levels of stress, anxiety, and depression and monitors how they change over time. It uses regular assessments, relaxation practices, and mood tracking to help users maintain their mental health and allows university administrators to understand the mental health of the student population.
Welltory – Stress Management
The social and economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic has been a cause of stress for thousands if not millions of people worldwide. With most places being shut down, people are unable to participate in stress-relieving activities, further worsening the situation. Stress management solutions, such as wearables and conversational chatbots enable users to better manage their activities to reduce stress and enhance productivity.
Welltory is a US-based startup that provides a health app to manage stress and productivity. The startup’s solution uses LED technology and a smartphone camera to measure heart rate variability (HRV). It then analyzes HRV to deliver insights about stress, the user’s lifestyle, and productivity and in-depth wellness assessments. In addition, their mobile application synchronizes data with more than 50 fitness gadgets and apps and is also accessible from a computer or tablet.
Unmind – Workplace Mental Health
As part of the measures against the coronavirus pandemic, companies are making a lot of changes, such as mandating their employees to work from home. These transitions and other personal concerns fueled by the pandemic spell huge downfalls in productivity. Mental health tools that help workers deal with this situation enhance their well-being and productivity.
Unmind, a UK-based startup, develops a workplace mental health platform. The company uses a proactive and clinically backed approach to allow organizations to help their employees across the entire spectrum of mental health. This allows employers to reduce the loss of productivity due to mental health issues. Currently, Unmind is offering free access for National Health Services (NHS) workers as they tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flowly – Pain & Anxiety Relief
The coronavirus pandemic exacerbates the mental health issues of patients suffering from pain and anxiety disorders. Social distancing also limits their ability to be around people and the therapeutic benefits of this company. Mental health apps and chatbots fill this gap and enable patients to better deal with their pain and anxiety.
The US-based startup Flowly creates interactive experiences for better pain & anxiety relief. The company’s solutions combine virtual reality (VR) experiences and biofeedback to help users monitor and adjust their breathing and focus. The solution analyzes user progress by monitoring pain and anxiety levels as well as HRV to help patients better manage panic attacks and live a healthier life.
Wysa – Isolation Support
The coronavirus pandemic is particularly stressful for people who live alone since precautionary social distancing mandates limited to no person-to-person interaction. This reduces the opportunities for people to talk about their anxieties with their friends and family. Apps and chatbots that provide guidance and support during isolation offer mental relief for millions of people around the world.
Indian startup Wysa develops an AI-based mental and emotional wellness app. The chatbot makes users feel heard and helps them cope with stress, sleep issues, depression, and anxiety. The technology connects users with a personal therapist for a one-time fee for eight live sessions. During the coronavirus pandemic, they are offering their chat and tool packs for anxiety and isolation support for free to everyone.
How To Flatten The Curve?
This is an unprecedented situation for many of us across the world. The SARS outbreak in the early 2000s claimed 774 lives. That toll was enough to drive research & development and easier healthcare solutions. The fact that several mobile health, e-health, remote health, and diagnostics startups and companies are able to respond during a real epidemic is encouraging. With thousands of deaths already, we expect to see numerous new companies offering technology-driven solutions to help doctors, nurses, other health workers, and the larger public.