WellSpan offers free access to an online health club for your mind, and it is free.
Local residents can get long-term free access to the app if they act within the next four months, thanks to an offer by WellSpan Philhaven. The app is a unique tool to help community residents deal with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic
Through October, area residents can access a link allowing them to subscribe to myStrength, a digital behavioral health service previously only available to WellSpan Philhaven patients and WellSpan Health employees. Once signed up, users will have a permanent subscription to the app.
Tools offered in the app are based on proven clinical models such as positive psychology, mindfulness and other interventions. These help people improve and sustain their mental health. The tools harness technology to help users build resiliency, manage stress, improve mood, sleep better and find daily inspiration.
WellSpan Philhaven therapist Jamie Wolfe says myStrength is a good tool for people of all ages, including teens, to improve their mental health.
Free app is available when you need it
“You can use the app around the clock, if you need a boost or some encouragement,” Wolfe said. “It’s available when you need it, which is a wonderful feature.”
Lilli Passarelli, 14, a myStrength user through WellSpan, said she likes to create her own inspirational quotes on the app. She enjoys the calming meditation activities. Her mom Jenn says the app provides good visual tools that help kids cope when feeling sad or anxious.
Studies show 74% of myStrength users experience improvement in depression scores. And it works quickly, with 70% of improvement happening within the first two weeks.
For example, people with chronic pain reported improved functioning within the first two weeks. They had nearly a 50% reduction in the need for pain medication.
How does myStrength work?
- Offers users a private account to access personalized resources.
- Adjusts each day and with every interaction.
- Notes preferences, goals, current emotional states and ongoing life events.
- Includes interactive programs, in-the-moment coping tools and inspirational resources.