BeMe Health, a mental health care startup based in the United States, has raised $7 million in seed funding to change how teenagers access and benefit from mental health services.
The funding round, which counted with participation from Polaris Partners and Flare Capital Partners, will allow BeMe Health to fuel its operations to meet the increasing demand. The startup also announced it had established partners with leading commercial and Medicaid healthcare providers to expand its reach.
Alexandra Cantley, Partner of Polaris Partners; and Bill Geary, Partner and Cofounder of Flare Capital will be joining BeMe Health’s Board of Directors as a result of the round. Nicki Tessler, PsyD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, referred to the startup’s strategic partnerships by stating:
“BeMe was founded on the principle that reinventing the way we deliver teen mental health support represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way youth live. We have formed a strategic team and are backed by leading investor partners to execute on our vision to ensure that every teen gets the right level of expert support at the right time — so they have the tools to become thriving adults.”
BeMe Health is implementing a novel approach to mental health care by delivering a modern experience specifically designed to reach kids, providing them with tools and skills instead of traditional therapy. The startup is harvesting the latest advancements in AI and NLP to also provide automated but science-backed activities for its users to receive the necessary support at any given time. Mandeep Dhillon, Chief Technical and Chief Product Officer, said about this approach:
“Today’s teens have grown up mobile-first, and that will be true for every generation that comes after them; this means they expect relevant and authentic content, experiences and interactions — all the time and everywhere. We need to provide the best resources for young people to build support systems, networks, experiences, and resources, and to allow themselves to have better lives. BeMe is using emerging technologies to enable teen well-being.”
BeMe Health has established a Teen Advisory Board to gain insights that allow the improvement of the platform, allowing it to engage better with its user base and address their needs without telling them how they should think and act.
Despite adolescence being considered one of the most important stages in social and emotional development, additional mental healthcare has failed to adapt. This has resulted in the American Academy of Pediatrics declaring a national emergency after the situation worsened during the COVID19 pandemic. BeMe Health is aiming to change this reality by democratizing mental health care for teens, allowing them to feel comfortable while taking care of their mental health in an engaging and personalized way.