Why we do what we do
Due to stigma, the complicated nature of the brain, and a variety of other factors, behavioral healthcare has historically played second fiddle to traditional physical healthcare. Of course, no one would argue that that these maladies aren’t important, but the fact that people easily recognize the importance of physical issues while largely ignoring what goes on in between the ears is baffling.
Because mental health and addiction treatment don’t get the time and funding they deserve, tools in this space have lagged behind. We don't just know this from the market reports and academic papers we've analyzed, or the hundreds of interviews we've performed with patients, providers, and other industry players. We know this because we’ve been there ourselves. We’ve watched loved ones suffer. We’ve watched them pass away.
Sometimes, the consequences of mental health diseases are tragic; other times, we see people make meaningful, lasting changes in their lives. Either way, it seems only natural to ask ourselves, “What could we have done better?” How could we have saved this person’s life or expedited their journey to lasting recovery?
Some in our industry are answering these questions by creating new medicines and innovative therapy modalities. Others are focusing on public policy, fighting the good fight to raise awareness. All of these are necessary pieces of the pie if we’re going to improve mental health and addiction treatment. All are working toward the same good.
At Spera, we are passionate about two methods in particular: the integration of technology into treatment and the resourceful, responsible use of data that inevitably comes from harnessing it properly. We’ve seen this tandem revolutionize everything from securities trading, to athletics, to hyper-efficient marketing campaigns. It’s time to give behavioral health the same kind of attention.
Thanks to the ubiquity of smart devices and the rich real-time data they provide, we have the ability to create a true continuum of care. This in vivo treatment experience -- uninhibited by the limits of locations and schedules -- makes it easier to get an accurate picture of what a patient is going through at any given time, ensuring they can get the support they need wherever and whenever they need it.
Our mission is to help people thrive. We know that individuals can live healthier, more fulfilling lives with the aid of modern, user-friendly tools. We’re excited to have the opportunity to build them.