New student mindfulness app

Posted on June 7th, 2017

The simple act of taking a few deep breaths between classes, before the big game or while studying for a final exam can reduce stress, maintain focus and contribute to overall mental wellness of youth. And now, BC Children’s Hospital has an app for that.

The Breathr Mindfulness App, available for download in Google Play and the App Store on Android and iOS, is designed to help youth tackle every day stresses in their lives through practicing mindfulness. The app is also a tool that can help prevent mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety from developing or escalating. Breathr was developed in collaboration with BC Children’s Hospital medical professionals, mindfulness experts and youth, making it an informed and evidence-based resource.

The increasing trend of digitizing health care, and increasing health care accessibility to the tech-savvy generations, inpired BC Children’s Health Literacy team to develop an easy and fun way for youth to improve their mental wellness. The app provides youth with mental health support that’s flexible, fits in with their busy lifestyles and also deals with the issues around stigma. Users can learn the science behind mindfulness, and practice breathing, meditation and body scan exercises in a matter of minutes, anytime, anywhere, in their busy days.

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