In an effort to help Canadians dealing with stress as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Shoppers Drug Mark is partnering with SilverCloud Health to provide a virtual stress management program. Canadians can access the program from their smartphones, tablets, and computers, entirely for free.
"Our purpose is helping Canadians live life well, and these days that means more than ever," says Jeff Leger, President, Shoppers Drug Mart. "With health and financial concerns, isolation, and anxiety rising, this program is designed to treat stress with modern approaches. Hopefully, it brings people peace of mind, and possibly gives them and the healthcare system some relief at a time when both are burdened."
The stress program is a blend of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology, and mindfulness consisting of eight modules that focus on resilience and cognitive restructuring to help recognize and change negative thinking patterns and behaviours. This program for stress management is adaptive and personalizes therapeutic delivery to the individual. It works to help identify and enhance existing strengths and skills and build new ones. Built in conjunction with leading clinical and subject matter experts, each module contains text, video and audio clips as well as interactive and engaging activities designed to help challenge and change unhelpful behaviours.
"We are committed to providing impactful mental health support to those in need across Canada and beyond during this unprecedented global crisis," says Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud. "With a whole population being asked to stay home and health systems having to prioritize care, we recognize the heightened need for effective, proven virtual support. Our partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart helps ensure Canadians have tools and techniques available to manage stress and bring balance into their lives during this unprecedented time."
The stress program will be available nationwide by visiting www.shoppersdrugmart.ca and will be free to Canadians until June 15.