It’s a myth that depression and suicide rates peak during the holiday season. Springtime is a much darker time for the melancholy. But plenty of people deal with elevated stress as the calendar year changes, a time when vacationing therapists can mean an absence of professional help. These days, some are turning to online video therapy and telepsychiatry.
A Teletherapy Startup Works to Remove Barriers to Mental Health Care
Is the digital age sending the old therapist’s couch the way of the reference librarian, the CD, and the travel agent? Could be: several recent studies have found that therapy via the Internet is just as effective as face-to-face treatment. In 2012, a Veterans Affairs study found that teletherapy reduced patients’ psychiatric hospital admissions by about 25 percent, which means it could produce cost savings as well.
Breakthrough Grabs $5M To Bring Mental Health Therapy Online
Breakthrough launched in 2009 to help address the lack of adequate care by helping to bring, affordable mental health therapy online. Today, the startup is announcing that it has raised $5 million in series A financing led by The Social+Capital Partnership, with participation from First Round Capital and Great Oaks Venture Capital.