Lyra Health Welcomes Oprah Winfrey as an Investor
March 31, 2021 — 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, BURLINGAME, Calif. — Lyra Health, the leading provider of comprehensive mental health care benefits for employers, today announced Oprah Winfrey has made an investment in the company. Winfrey is a powerful advocate for mental health, whose initiatives include a trauma-based curriculum at her school in South Africa and a new book, “What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing,” co-authored with Dr. Bruce Perry out April 27.
“Mental health is a fundamental issue that has to be addressed in order to create healthier lives and healthier communities,” said Winfrey. “Lyra Health plays a critical role in this transformation by removing barriers around mental health support and improving the quality of care.”
“Lyra welcomes Ms. Winfrey as an investor and most importantly as an extraordinary champion for mental health,” said David Ebersman, Lyra Health CEO and co-founder. “Ms. Winfrey’s global efforts in confronting stigma, sharing important stories, and advocating for effective care, along with her unparalleled voice and platform, make her an invaluable resource in Lyra’s mission to redefine access to mental health care.”
Winfrey’s investment, part of Lyra’s Series E financing round of $187 million announced in January 2021, supports Lyra’s work in redefining access to mental health care, including technology, innovative care offerings, a growing and diverse provider network, and new global partnerships to support people around the world.
Transforming Mental Health Care
Lyra more than doubled its customer base over the past year and extended its services to support more than 2 million members with comprehensive mental health care. Lyra customers include Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; Morgan Stanley; Zoom Video Communications; and dozens of the world’s largest, most respected brands.
For more information about Lyra Health’s innovative mental health benefits for employers, visit lyrahealth.com.
About Lyra Health
Lyra Health, a leading provider of innovative mental health benefits for more than 2 million U.S. employees and dependents, is transforming mental health care by creating a frictionless experience for members, providers, and employers. Using matching technology and an innovative digital platform, Lyra quickly connects companies and their employees — plus spouses and children — to world-class therapists, mental health coaches, and personalized medication prescribing. Leading employers partner with Lyra to deliver tailored, value-driven mental health benefits to their people. With Lyra, benefits leaders can offer employees fast, reliable access to providers who practice evidence-based mental health care treatments. For more information, visit lyrahealth.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.