MindBeacon launches online pandemic anxiety resource
Toronto-based digital mental health provider MindBeacon has launched a new program called “Mental Wellbeing for COVID-19” intended to address anxiety arising from the pandemic. Located at <http://www.mindbeacon.com/pandemic-response>, the free service provides a collection of advice and information about the mental health aspects of the outbreak and its consequences. It also provides links to government and other resources.
“Everybody worries,” said Peter Farvolden, chief science officer at MindBeacon. “It's a natural part of being human. In times of high stress and extreme uncertainty we all worry a lot more. As human beings, we're naturally concerned about our health and the health of our loved ones. We all worry or get anxious when we think there may be something wrong with our body or we might have some kind of illness or disease. This is called health anxiety, the worry and anxiety someone experiences in relation to their physical health or well-being.”