Curatio wins award for youth mental health platform
June 15, 2022
VANCOUVER – A B.C. company is among the winners of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Mental Challenge, which is run by Salesforce and UNICEF. Curatio, in partnership with Ontario-based company, OPTT, is one of 14 winners who were chosen to create innovative solutions to address youth mental health.
“To have that type of global recognition around the importance of what we’re doing, the importance of mental health and addressing the need for mental health support just means the world to us,” Curatio CEO Lynda Brown-Ganzert (pictured) told Global News.
“We combined our platforms so that youth can have mental health support, in addition to patient-to-patient support for whatever condition they’re living with.”
The Curatio OPTT app is an online wellness platform designed specifically for youth.
“Curatio is what we call a social health prescription, so it is an app that any patient can use to connect to other patients that are going through the same thing,” said Brown-Ganzert. “They can find trusted, curated, evidence-based information, programs, content, coaching and to track what they need to track on a day-to-day basis to find the best health outcomes.”
Brown-Ganzert went on to say that a personal experience drew her to creating a platform that connects people who are going through the same thing.
“It’s really needed because there are a lot of people that are suffering on their own that don’t have the types of connections, or have others that they can talk to about this in an environment that is safe and supported and has the right information.”
Curatio has users in over 100 countries and in 15 languages but hope to reach even more people.
“No patient alone is our mission statement,” she said. “We really want this type of support to be in the hands of every patient on the planet. And so, we’re just boldly continuing on with that mission.”
According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report, at least 13 percent of people between the ages of 10 and 19 live with a diagnosed mental health disorder.
“Anxiety and depression account for more than 40 (percent) of mental health disorders among young people aged 10 – 19” reads a Curatio press release.
Although most mental-health disorders arise during adolescence, UNICEF says that only one-third of investment in mental-health research is targeted towards young people.