Video: Meru Health, Supportiv, 7 Cups, Bravely

Kristin Karaoglu · August 16, 2018 · Short URL:

Emerging treatment models in the area of mental health and wellness

As part of our SplashX Invent Health salons, co-hosted by HP, we have a segment focused on emerging treatment models. Here we gather younger startups with unique, promising and innovative business models.

At our June event, SplashX Invent Health: Mental and Behavioral Health, the four companies that took the stage were: BravelySupportivMeru Health and 7 Cups.

Mark Goldstein, Chairman of UCSF Health Hub, was our emcee. 

Thanks to HP and Vator for hosting the event. Thanks to HP for being the main sponsor and thanks to our other sponsors: Avison YoungAdvsrStratpoint and Scrubbed 

Be sure to join us for our next salon focused on Precision Health on September 27. 

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7 Cups


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7 Cups is the world’s largest behavioral health support system, consisting of four main components.

1. Volunteer Active Listeners - 250,000 Listeners trained in active listening, who provide 1-on-1 emotional support.

2. Growth Paths - 32 Evidence-Based Treatment Plans consisting of educational & therapeutic exercises to teach coping skills.

3. Community - A vast community of users working together to provide a supportive and understanding environment. 7 Cups has over 1.9m unique visitors a month.

4. Clinicians - A directory of professional clinicians facilitating therapeutic outcomes locally and online.




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If you need something to perform better at your job, you ping your professional network. If you crave some fun, you tap your social network. What’s missing from our lives is what to click when you’re feeling low: a support network.

Supportiv, The Support Network, is a stigma-free and jaw-droppingly affordable place to receive 24/7 hyper-targeted peer support, plus resource recommendations and service referrals that precisely address your relationship, work, family/friend, sadness, anger, anxiety, or loneliness needs.

Our natural language processing (NLP) algorithm matches each user in under 30 seconds --based on their free-text response to the question “What’s your struggle?”-- to a topic-specific peer group chat that dynamically convenes for users with similar emotional needs.

No matter how common or obscure the response, we find the right peers who relate and want to talk about the same thing the user does — a communication breakdown in a relationship, an encounter with a toxic coworker, adulting, the loss of a pet. The matching is effortless. It happens for the user, in seconds. The specificity of the topic-based matching improves with the network effect. At any moment, dozens or thousands of groups may convene concurrently, as dictated by the volume of users, plus the similarity or differences among users’ needs.

Each group has a “super-powered” human moderator. Our NLP enables the moderator to drop precisely relevant resources, recommendations, and referrals right into the group conversation in real-time. Our ever-expanding knowledge base will vet, catalog, and precision-match the world’s most recommended tactics, resources, and inspirations. Humans helping humans with an AI & NLP-powered boost that makes global scalability a non-issue.

If you need to search something, you go to Google. If you want to broadcast to friends & family, you go to Facebook or Instagram. If you need support with daily life struggles, you’ll come to Supportiv.


Meru Health


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Meru Health is an online specialty clinic for depression (& burnout/anxiety) treatment with pay-only-for-outcomes business model. Meru’s 8-week treatment program combines psychological treatment modules (cognitive behavioral-, mindfulness-based and behavioral activation therapy), patient’s personal data (biometric, behavioral, self-report) and a personal licensed therapist. Meru Health individualizes the treatment program based on patient’s personal data and needs.
Meru Health’s clinical results are exceptionally good surpassing most antidepressants and traditional psychotherapy treatments. Average access-to-treatment time for Meru Health is 1-3 weeks from referral .
Meru Health works with Stanford University, Veterans Administration, University of North Carolina, Palo Alto Medical Foundation etc. With most customers, Meru Health is used as a benefit for employees.



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Bravely is the world's first EdTech-Ceuticals where adults gain success & health, at a speed, cost & success rate that the status quo "helping" industries can't match, through THE master skill —  Advanced Social-Emotional Learning (ASEL); just do 5-min guided phone calls with fellow members, anytime, anywhere.

Our PowerCall is the only digiceutical shown to radically reduce stress hormones, trigger neurogenesis, and healthy behaviors, in the world's largest neuroscience study (Max Planck, 2017). In the same one year study, mindfulness failed to lower stress cortisol.

And, we are validated by Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford Medical, Dr. James Doty, founder & director of CCARE — the world's leading behavioral health research center at Stanford University School of Medicine.

All ASEL steps are aggregated for AI & honored by EIRCA (Emotional Intelligence Resilience Courage Assessment) — our proprietary reputation capital is based on feedback, behaviors & biosensing. The higher the EIRCA, the more trust & value our members garner in the world.  

Honored top of list by StartUp Health for Emotional & Mental Health Moonshot.


Mark Goldstein

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Glen Moriarty

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Glen Moriarty is the founder and CEO of 7 Cups, a web and mobile peer to peer emotional support platform. He is a psychologist passionate about the Internet’s power to help people lead better lives.

Helena Plater-Zyberk

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Helena Plater-Zyberk is Co-Founder of Supportiv, a jaw-droppingly affordable mental wellness solution featuring hyper-targeted digital peer support with live moderation & real-time recommendations and referrals to the wider digital health ecosystem.

Richard Lee

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Founder & CEO of Bravely - world's first EdTech-Ceuticals; founded Bravely to save my own life; 3X founder with a NASDAQ IPO before age 35. 15 years of ASEL experience.