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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lantern: Shining a light on mental health

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For those who can’t routinely get to a therapist’s office, there’s a new technological initiative called Lantern.

San Francisco Reuters reports that Lantern “offers online and mobile coaching programs to support mental health.”  This “2-year-old startup” has already raised $4.4 million from Silicon Valley funding.

Clients pay far less for Lantern’s services than they normally would for face-to-face therapy sessions.  An individually-tailored Lantern program costs $49 per month or $300 per year.  This includes the use of online and mobile tools, plus connections with a coach. Therapeutic “lessons” focus upon deep breathing, muscle relaxation and coping skills.

It has taken a while for digital mental-health services to come into their own.  Lantern has gained knowledge and credibility by working closely with such prestigious research centers as Stanford University and Penn State University.  

Lantern has also garnered a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “to study how to prevent eating disorders and improve body image on campus.”


Copyright November 2, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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