A new mental health app entitled ‘Companion’ has been launched, which is reportedly on a “mission to reduce work-related stress and anxiety and support businesses to create a positive company culture”.
Designed to offer SMEs a “smart and easy” solution to offering support to their workforce, creators of the app said it can help people manage their thinking, reduce stress symptoms and proactively look after their mental wellbeing.
Co-founded by psychologist Dr. Robin Hart, Companion is featured in the NHS Apps Library, and offers a range of digital therapy guides in written and audio formats, inspired by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
It comes as 828,000 workers were reported to have suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2019/20. In addition, work-related stress levels have increased by nearly two-thirds (64%) for workers in the UK and Europe since the pandemic, with concerns over home working, isolation, job insecurity and burnout reaching “crisis point”.
Companion has been developed to focus on these core topics of concern to help employees break negative thinking patterns and equip them with practical skills to apply to their working day.
All content has been designed in a format to fit in and around the working day, from starting out with goal setting and breathing exercises, to offering a broad range of guides including stress and anxiety management, building a positive routine, managing change in the workplace and addressing the signs of burnout.
Dan Bladon, CEO said: “After experiencing work-related stress and anxiety myself, I am thrilled to have come together with Dr. Robin Hart to design a mental health tool that I think can make a positive long-term impact on workplace culture.
“We are aware that it is sometimes hard for smaller businesses to offer mental health support to their employees, so we have created a mental health tool that can be easily adopted, customised and offers employees the practical advice and support they need to manage their thinking and achieve higher performance.”