Health Assured is offering all NHS workers free access to its mental wellbeing app My Healthy Advantage in an effort to support them through the Covid pandemic.
The wellbeing specialist said the “trauma” of the COVID pandemic is driving up levels of stress, anxiety and depression among frontline staff.
It currently supports over 50 NHS trusts and spokesperson said that the organisation hopes that free access to the app will provide “in-the-moment” support to individuals wherever and whenever they need it over the coming months.
The My Healthy Advantage app extends Health Assured’s propositions beyond its employee assistance programme, offering individuals an opportunity to access free, personalised health information and data to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.
The app provides features across four key categories – user wellbeing, user engagement, wellness and reward & recognition.
Users are able to identify and target their health and wellbeing priorities, such as quitting smoking, managing anxiety and stress or simply being more active. The app is available via Android or IOS.
The app also includes a weekly interactive “mood tracker” and “mini health checks” for keeping track of body mass index, waist measurements, sleeping patterns, alcohol use, mental health and fatigue.
Access to BrightTV, a monthly series featuring well-known personalities talking about their personal experiences with mental health including Dame Kelly Holmes and Ruby Wax, is also included.
David Price, CEO of Health Assured, said that NHS staff are facing “enormous challenges” while also managing their mental health, maintaining a work-life balance as well as family and health concerns.
He said: “My Healthy Advantage provides support and resources to help manage these issues and ensures the right support is all available in one place. We aim to enable each individual to take control of their health and wellbeing on their terms. We want to do all we can to support our NHS heroes through these difficult times, and we hope access to our cutting-edge app will provide some essential help.”