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New Mental Health App Helps Address Coronavirus Pandemic Woes

In order to help meet the mental health woes of Americans living under the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the National Center for PTSD recently dropped an app called Covid Coach, which is a tool aimed to help people manage their stress.

New Mental Health App To Help Manage People’s Stress Released

One of the silver linings that the current coronavirus pandemic has given us is that it came in such a time that social isolation doesn’t mean being entirely alone, what with technology making it easier for us to connect with people no matter how far they are with just a few clicks.

And it’s a good thing, though, because reports show that the second wave of COVID-19 might be more mental health-related since the negative effects of staying inside and practicing social distancing is starting to become more evident. Thankfully, the new technology we have at our grasp can now be more useful since the National Center for PTSD has recently decided to help address our psychological concerns by releasing a mental health app that helps us manage our stress.

Called Covid Coach, the tool offers breathing exercises and guidance to help ease one’s anxiety and irritability. Additionally, it’s also loaded with other resources, such as guides for getting help with other problems like domestic violence or even substance abuse, and is freely available on both the Apple and Android app stores.

“It's not that the app is going to pay rent for someone if they've lost their job. We've tried to put those all together and neatly organized them for folks that may be struggling with a lot of things right now,” Beth Jaworski, team lead for Covid Coach and a psychologist at the National Center for PTSD, which is also a part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said.

According to Jaworski, the goal of Covid Coach is to help resolve some of the anxiety and uncertainty that people are going through because of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping address a flaw in the health care system when it comes to what we can do when the doctors can’t reach us physically.

Mental health The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in every four people in the world is at risk of developing mental disorders. The risks have increased during the pandemic, where people are isolated and social distancing. Pixabay

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