Kaiser Permanente is trying to give its 12.4 million members a little bit of calm.
Starting Tuesday, the health-care provider is allowing patients to download the Calm meditation app for free as part of a way to help customers manage anxiety as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Calm is the most-popular health and fitness app on Google-powered devices and No. 2 on the iPhone, according to App Annie. Paid subscriptions normally cost $70 a year … Calm was seeing surging growth even before the coronavirus forced Americans to shelter in place and led to skyrocketing unemployment. The San Francisco-based start-up was valued by investors last year at $1 billion, two years after being named Apple’s app of the year back in 2017. The app has been downloaded over 80 million times.
Big Ten Conference Announces Mental Health Initiatives (press release):
“The Big Ten Conference formally announced today, in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, the formation of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, which includes representatives from all 14 Big Ten institutions, as well as sport affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey). In conjunction with today’s announcement, the Big Ten Conference is pleased to share that all Big Ten student-athletes, coaches, full-time members of university athletic departments and conference staff members will [Read more…] about Big Ten Conference announces “Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet” and Calm app rollout
“The best meditation apps could help you to sleep better, reduce your stress levels and find some much-needed inner peace. But given the situation right now with Covid-19, even if meditation apps just give you a break from the news and a chance to chill out for ten minutes, they’re more than worth it.
Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps around, first launched 10 years ago. Since then, hundreds of other meditation apps have been created and that means finding the best meditation app for you can be overwhelming.
But when it comes to meditation, choice is a good thing. [Read more…] about Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era
“Headspace, the Los Angeles-based mindfulness and meditation company locked in a bitter competitive struggle with Calm for leadership in the mental wellness world, has raised new capital to try to take the pole position.
The company has just closed on $93 million in new equity and debt financing [Read more…] about Meditation app Headspace raises $93 million in equity and debt to accelerate clinical validation and geographic expansion
“While investors are already writing big checks for meditation startups, Elevate Labs founder and CEO Jesse Pickard said that none of the existing meditation apps can replace the experience of working with a human coach. [Read more…] about Will personalized meditation apps be able to replicate the experience of working with a coach?
8 consumer-friendly digital tools to support behavioral health (mobihealth news):
“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 outright free downloads.
Of course, having a wealth of options and varying quality of evidence can make selecting the most effective digital tool quite a challenge. Here, MobiHealthNews has compiled a selection of eight such consumer-friendly behavioral health tools (Note: Basis, Calm, Simple Habit, Woebot, Muse, Vida Health, Headspace, AbleTo) that have recently been making headlines with new launches, funding or major product updates.” [Read more…] about Trend: Consumers increasingly taking care of their behavioral health via DIY tools like these