Cerebral Raises $300M for Digital Mental Health

Online mental healthcare provider Cerebral announced the close of its $300M Series C round, raising the company’s valuation to $4.8B within two years of its launch.

  • Cerebral is a “one-stop shop” for comprehensive digital mental healthcare and wellness, offering support for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder among other illnesses.
  • Monthly subscription plans give members access to Cerebral’s team of over 2,000 clinicians, lowering barriers to care through its virtual platform combining therapy and medication management for full-service support in the home setting.
  • The funding will be invested in new services such as schizophrenia management expected to launch in 2022, as well as strategic partnerships and international expansion.
  • Advancing partnerships with employers and payors is another priority for the funds, with Cerebral’s new Chief Impact Officer, Simone Biles, enrolling to help on this front after withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her own mental health.

Industry Impact

In-person mental health facilities were heavily impacted by the pandemic, experiencing capacity constraints that frequently led to month-long wait times to see a provider. This created a window for digital providers to address the care gap, with Cerebral reporting that the wait times for its  “instant live” visits are now just over five minutes.

Large amounts of capital continue to be directed towards the mental health space, and more M&A announcements from its well-funded startups are likely to follow as companies like Cerebral aggressively compete for contracts with employers.

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-- The Digital Health Wire team