While various groups and communities are hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare workers are especially vulnerable to mental health issues as day-in and day-out they deal with sick patients and their anxious families.
Organisations have come together to support healthcare workers with free mental health platforms and help them get through this trying period.
1. MindFi – free access for healthcare workers
MindFi, a mobile technology company, has collaborated with the Labour Movement’s Healthcare Academy to offer healthcare workers free access to a popular mindfulness mobile app. It provides a diverse content library of mindfulness activities based on categories such as duration and personal goals.
This social impact initiative named ‘Mindcare’ looks to benefit more than 90,000 public and community healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, community caregivers and first responders by offering them a free one-year subscription to the app which is available on both iOS and Android devices.
This campaign is spearheaded by Healthcare Academy, which is a collaboration among NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB), Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU) and NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).
The Healthcare Academy will leverage its broad network of union members, Company Training Committees within the healthcare cluster, healthcare employers and current and past healthcare trainees, to reach out to healthcare workers.
“In these times of crisis, our public healthcare workers are at the frontline and selflessly doing their part for society. From the comforts of our homes, we want to help these carers care for themselves. We are honoured to partner with NTUC Healthcare Academy to launch this targeted initiative. We hope MindFi can be a useful tool for self-care during their brief moments of rest to restore some calm and comfort,” says Bjorn Lee, Founder & CEO of MindFi.
“The MindFi app allows a break in the routine for our healthcare employees to have respite from exhaustion and have a de-stressing dose of Mindcare for relaxation. As a healthcare staff, I too find Mindcare to be a useful and practical tool and thus far have received good feedback from our union leaders who have used it,” says K. Thanaletchimi, Chairman, Healthcare Academy and President, HSEU.
Eligible healthcare workers may visit https://getmindfi.com/mindcare-hc/ to register to activate the free membership.
2. Safe Space – free access for healthcare workers
Singapore-based mental wellness startup, Safe Space™️ will provide mental health assistance for Singapore, especially for all frontline health workers. They have also announced a partnership with the Health Promotion Board (HPB), and the Tote Board.
The startup is a mental wellness digital platform that strengthens mental resilience through prevention education and tele-therapy support. It connects certified mental healthcare professionals who go through a stringent interview and vetting process, with troubled clients via online and offline counselling therapy using a digital platform.
Safe Space™️ is offering pro bono services for frontline health workers. By connecting certified therapists with health workers, the startup aims to do their part in the fight against the pandemic.
“Mental health concerns affect people across every industry, yet most people don’t have access to convenient, affordable mental health care when they need it,” said Antoinette Renee Patterson, CEO and Co-founder of Safe Space™️.
“Safe Space provides an option for people who are not ready for face-to-face counselling to take a small step towards it through the online platform. I applaud the team for making the option available,” says Rose, a clinical counsellor and supervisor at Restoring Peace Counselling and Consultancy.
Therapists and health workers who wish to be involved in this initiative can drop a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Down Dog – free access for healthcare workers, students and teachers, new users
Down Dog is an app which personalises fitness practices such as yoga, HIIT and Barre. Available on both iOS and Android devices, Down Dog is extending free access until July 1 for all healthcare professionals.
Healthcare professionals are not the only users who can enjoy free access.
Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout is completely free for new users until June 1st (no credit card required).
In response to the many school closures taking place, this app is also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers.
For healthcare professionals, visit downdogapp.com/healthcare to register your work healthcare domain.
4. TBC – The Mind Hyve
During Startup Weekend Singapore (SWSG) 2020, which launched the first COVID-19 hackathon in Singapore with over 750 participants, The Mind Hyve won the top prize for their proposal to provide a mental health platform for employers to support their employees.
The Mind Hyve, a four-person team (Petrina Hazel Gomez, Robert Rajeswaran, Lydia Cheong and Elaine Yeoh), noted in their pitch that mental health benefits were not typically provided by employers, and the pandemic would cause employers to reconsider allocating a budget for such benefits to employees. Their proposed low-cost platform would provide employees with access to personalised virtual therapy, winning the approval of the event judges.
Speaking at the event kickoff on Friday via videoconferencing, Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan noted that the crisis is not a problem that the government alone can solve, and that it required the whole of society to get involved. He appealed to participants, “It’s not just the government, not just the private sector, not just the big companies or the internet giants but everyone with an idea, with a good heart, with the energy and the dedication can make a difference.”
We hope The Mind Hyve’s proposal will become reality and provide healthcare workers and all other workers free (or affordable) mental health support.
Featured photo: TTSH
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