Borough President James Oddo has announced a new partnership with several mental health apps from the United States and United Kingdom to offer free resources to young teens and adults in response to the effects that have stemmed from the COVID pandemic. The last 18 months have been challenging and a lot of the anxiety, fear and sadness that came with it might not be going away all by itself. These resources, available now, can help alleviate stress and encourage all to focus on their self care. The tools vary from meditation, play lists, exercises and more to help manage stress and quell anxiety.
The partners of this initiative include Sanvello, Calm Harm, and Cosmic Kids. Additional resources are also listed on Borough Hall’s webpage here: https://www.statenislandusa.com/mentalhealthapps.html.
"It's no secret that, collectively, our mental health has suffered during COVID. The pandemic's isolation, grief and lasting effects have wreaked havoc on the mental health of all, but perhaps most in children and teens,” said Borough President James Oddo. “With that in mind, we have created partnerships with several mental health apps that offer tools to help young people cope with their feelings. By putting these apps literally in people's hands, we can help prevent crisis situations from developing and offer help in real time."
We invite you to give them a try via the App Store and wish you good mental health. All of the apps have several resources available for free. Specifically, Sanvello has offered premium access at no cost to Staten Islanders for three months.
In Sanvello, you’ll find:
- Daily mood tracking and weekly progress assessments that deliver personalized tools and resources for how you’re feeling
- Guided Journeys designed by experts to help you feel more in control and build long-term life skills
- Coping tools like meditations, journal, goals, calm reminders, circle of support, and more, so you always have just what you need — anytime, anywhere
- A vibrant community of peers, 4 million strong
Getting started with Sanvello is easy. Sign up at the link below, then download Sanvello from the App Store or Google Play and log in with the account you created on the sign-up page. Ready to start feeling better? https://sanvello-web.app.link/e/statenisland
Calm Harm is a free, award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 in the United Kingdom by Dr. Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). It provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalize the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice changes. For additional resources at Calm Harm, visit https://stem4.org.uk/resources/
Cosmic Kids is ideal for children ages 3 to 9, offering free daily meditations, some breathing exercises, select sleep stories, select music tracks, and some guided meditations. Additionally, the creators have numerous meditation and utopia videos for free on YouTube. The “Calm kids” section also teaches young kids about calming techniques and can be used by parents working with children as young as 3 years old.