BeMe Health (BeMe), a digital behavioral health platform geared toward teenagers, has secured $1.5M funding investment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS). This strategic partnership aims to provide critical mental health support to approximately 20,000 teenagers across Kansas, where suicide has become the second-leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 24 in the United States.

Matt All, President/CEO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, highlighted the urgency of the situation, saying: “Our kids are the future of Kansas, and they are grappling with mental health challenges more than ever. Conventional teen mental health solutions often fall short, leaving many without timely access to support that can improve their lives. BeMe’s platform offers a transformative solution, and it comes at a crucial time for teens and families in Kansas and across the nation.”

This recent funding round adds to previous investments from notable contributors, including philanthropist Carrie Walton Penner through Fiore Ventures, as well as investments from Flare Capital, Polaris Partners, California Health Care Foundation, and others.

Nicki Tessler, PsyD, MBA, CEO and Co-founder at BeMe Health shared: “We appreciate the backing from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas as a strategic investor and partner. This funding will enable us to enhance our existing app features for teens, while our new partnership will expand efforts to empower all teens — including those covered by BCBSKS — to become their best selves.”

Over the past year, BeMe has experienced significant momentum and adoption, with more health plans, including BCBSKS, adopting the company’s platform to provide teenagers with real-time, personalized access to interventional mental health support. The platform offers anytime, anywhere access to engaging content, mood reflection, skill-building activities, one-on-one coaching, and connections to clinical services, as well as 24/7 crisis support when needed. Designed for and by teens, BeMe’s unique approach ensures a secure and enjoyable environment for teenagers to address their mental health needs.

BeMe is currently accessible as a covered benefit through select health plans, employers, and community organizations.

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