Headspace offers free subscriptions to Indian healthcare workers addressing rising levels of burnout, stress and fatigue
Committed to preserving the mental health of healthcare providers, registered and verified healthcare professionals can benefit from access to Headspace - featuring thousands of hours of guided mindfulness exercises, on anything from stress to movement to sleep. Headspace offers guided meditations, eyes-open exercises (mindful walks and runs), breathing and wind-down exercises, Sleepcasts, soundscapes and more. While meditation and mindfulness can’t change the circumstances Indian healthcare workers are currently facing, mindfulness training can help increase resilience to better respond in stressful events, thus improving overall health and well-being. Physician burnout has been identified as a public health crisis for its adverse impacts for both doctors and patients. Research shows mindfulness and meditation can positively impact many of the factors related to burnout, including stress and negative emotions. Headspace research specifically shows 14% reduction in burnout after as little as four sessions among healthcare professionals and 12% reduction in stress for medical students after 30 days.
Jolawn Victor, Chief International Officer at Headspace said: “Healthcare providers are on the front lines of the ongoing public health crisis, making sure the communities receive necessary and critical care. At Headspace, we realise it's crucial for us to find ways to support their mental health and provide them with tools for managing the very real personal toll this crisis takes on them in particular. Headspace is dedicated to scientific rigor and advancing the field of mindfulness through clinically-validated research. 28 clinical studies show that using our application has led to positive outcomes like reduced stress and burnout, and we are committed to do our small part to make the benefits of meditation and mindfulness accessible to healthcare workers in India as they do the incredibly important work of caring for their communities."
In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Headspace has made its premium content available for free for all medical professionals in the US, UK, France and now in India. If you are a representative of a health system in India and want to partner with Headspace, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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