Until recently, mental health was a relative blip on the radar of venture capitalists. But over the past few years, and particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, private investors have made a dramatic run for this space, pouring $3.1 billion into mental health ventures by the third quarter of 2021 alone, according to Rock Health, a seed fund that supports startups working in digital health. That represents a third of all digital health funding for 2021, more than 7 times the amount of funding placed in such ventures in 2015. [Read more…] about APA: With digital mental health going mainstream, will/ should psychologists be able to “prescribe” interventions?
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, sharing important brain/ mental health news plus a few fun optical illusions to tease and appreciate our unique human minds.
“We are a pharmacist and physician team who investigate the benefits and harms associated with substances of abuse like bath salts, phenibut, cannabis and synthetic marijuana. Through this work we have become intrigued about the therapeutic potential for some psychedelic drugs in the treatment of myriad psychiatric disorders, from PTSD to major depression … It is important to state that using ecstasy or molly products from the street would not help PTSD symptoms because the MDMA needs be used along with carefully crafted psychotherapy in a safe, controlled environment. Ecstasy or molly products purchased illicitly never specify the exact amount of MDMA they contain, so it is impossible to dose it properly for PTSD. Taking too much MDMA or exercising while taking MDMA can cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures and arrhythmias and can damage muscles and kidneys.”
“Your well-being can change: One common notion within psychology before the positive psychology movement was that individuals had a set happiness point, and that this point did not change drastically. So why bother trying to improve it, right? Diener helped to change that narrative by finding that certain significant events did in fact change well-being permanently. This suggests that interventions can have a lasting impact, and has paved the way for positive psychologists to focus on applying their research to improve the human condition.”
“ … differences in cognitive decline have been often observed in association with education or other related to quality of life. From our analysis it emerges that the type of work activity also contributes to the differences in normal and pathological cognitive aging”
“Understanding the mechanisms behind brain folding and connectivity will provide researchers with the knowledge foundation to uncover their role in developmental brain disorders. In the long term, clarifying the connection between brain structure and function may lead to early diagnostic tools for brain diseases … researchers like us have our work cut out for us as we continue trying to decipher the mystery of the most complex known structure in the universe.”
The Times They Are a‑Changin’ …
“eMindful and Ginger join Solera’s curated Mental and Behavioral Health Network, which already included leading meditation, mindfulness, and mental training app, Headspace. Solera continues to expand its suite of whole-person health solutions to support health journeys across acuity levels and clinical personas.”
And here are two older posts which have remained among our Most Read in 2021:
“Despite television, cell phones, and Twitter, traditional reading is still an important skill. Whether it is school textbooks, magazines, or regular books, people still read, though not as much as they used to. One reason that many people don’t read much is that they don’t read well. For them, it is slow, hard work and they don’t remember as much as they should … I summarize below what I think it takes to read with good speed and comprehension.”
One way to learn more about our visual system is to look at how we can trick it … give these ten illusions a try!
Wishing you and yours a Healthy & Prosperous 2022,
The SharpBrains Team
Solera expands mental health network with new partners Ginger and eMindful (Fierce Healthcare):
Solera Health, a platform that links people with a curated collection of health solutions, is adding mental health companies Ginger and eMindful to its network of partners.
Ginger, a provider of on-demand virtual mental health care, and eMindful, which offers evidence-based mindfulness programs, will join Solera’s mental and behavioral health network, where an algorithm will connect patients with the programs best suited to their needs. [Read more…] about Solera Health includes Ginger and eMindful to expand digital mental healthcare platform
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PREGUNTA. ¿A qué se dedican los neuroconsultores? ¿Qué relación tienen con la educación?
RESPUESTA. En los últimos años ha empezado a aumentar el interés por mejorar la capacidad del cerebro. Al igual que las personas quieren estar en buena forma física, se preocupan también por estar en buena forma cognitiva. Se habla cada vez más de consultores del cerebro o entrenadores mentales y hay más actuaciones basadas en la neuroplasticidad. Esto se puede aplicar para ayudar a que los alumnos aprendan más. Por ejemplo, la escuela Arrowsmith de Canadá tiene un programa de refuerzo cognitivo para alumnos con necesidades especiales. También está creciendo mucho el mindfulness para reducir el estrés de niños y profesores. [Read more…] about Great interview on bilingualism, sports, education and neuroplasticity — en español
In 2015, Brie Code was working at leading video game company Ubisoft as lead artificial intelligence programmer when she realized that many people she knew – about half, by her estimation – found video games boring. [Read more…] about Trend: Harnessing digital tech to improve mental health and wellness
Meditation app Headspace this morning announced plans to merge with on-demand mental health service Ginger. Barring unforeseen regulatory roadblocks, the two companies will combine to form Headspace Health. The new organization would sport a combined value of $3 billion and a headcount of more than 800.
The merger comes during accelerated usage of both parties, as a seemingly endless pandemic has put a strain on mental health across the globe and many have turned to virtual solutions to address the growing problem. [Read more…] about Headspace and Ginger merge to expand and scale up digital mental health