Mental health gets a $2 million boost

Plus, as spring emerges, Ocean Networks Canada is preparing for an Antarctic winter

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Mental health gets a $2 million boost

Earlier this month, Victoria’s Cognito announced $2 million in seed funding, which will be used to launch the company’s mental health services in Ontario and expand partnerships with organizations looking to offer mental health support.

“Expanding our services across Canada is not just a milestone for Cognito, it's a leap forward for mental health care accessibility,” said CEO and co-founder Armon Arani. “Thanks to our mission-driven investors, we're not just envisioning a future where effective mental health treatment is available in a timely and affordable manner, we're actively building it.”

Through a monthly subscription service, Cognito provides online access to cognitive behavioural therapy, treatment led by nurse practitioners, self-directed courses, group therapy and support with access to medication. Users can access personalized treatment for anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, burnout, stress, low mood, self-esteem, and confidence.

In 2022, Cognito was chosen by the Island Health Authority as a mental health treatment partner for Vancouver Island’s 800,000 residents. Island Health refers patients to Cognito and fully covers patient costs.

With its latest financing, Cognito will begin to expand its mental health services across Canada in 2024. 

📰 More Victoria innovation news

🧜‍♀️ Under the sea: Ocean Networks Canada shared video of the Spanish National Research Council team preparing the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Antarctic Ocean subsea observatory. The observatory has been sending data since its deployment in January.

🙇‍♂️ I’ve been thinking about you: Devesh Bharadwaj, founder of Victoria’s Pani Energy and University of Victoria alumni, discussed how AI has made his company’s operations more efficient.

⁉️ So what you gonna do?: Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams met with Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock to discuss how the Island’s largest municipality is changing to accommodate the needs of its residents.

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