Paula Aliu



Cogno-Aid boosts access to mental health care and circumvents social stigmas by making psychotherapy convenient, confidential, and affordable. 20 million Nigerians currently struggle with mental illness, and more than 85% of this group do not have access to health institutions. Mental health services in Nigeria are largely limited to the treatment of severe cases in psychiatric hospitals. Individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD have few options to access help. They also face social stigmas that make seeking therapy extremely difficult. Cogno-Aid makes accessing mental health services easy, confidential, and affordable. Patients can conveniently and privately connect with licensed mental health practitioners for sessions through a web application that utilizes instant messaging and online voice and video calls. Several payment options and subscription plans have been designed to fit Nigerians’ varying comfort levels with digital payments.