Behavioral Wellness Brings Community Meditation App to Soothe Mental Health | Good for Santa Barbara

Posted on February 20, 2022
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Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness [email protected] joined a statewide collaborative project administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority to offer free Headspace meditation apps to the community, available in English and Spanish.

Headspace is a technology application created “to improve the health and happiness of the world”. Reaching 70 million users in 190 countries, Headspace was one of the world’s first meditation apps and is a leader in mindfulness and mental training.

Globally and nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of many people and created new challenges for those already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. .

Through the Community Mental Health Inquiry process, more has been learned about the impact of the pandemic on mental health at the local level. Nearly 61% of survey participants reported deterioration in their mental health due to COVID-19.

In addition to reports of an increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression, nearly 27% reported feelings of fatigue and lack of energy, and more than 24% said they had trouble sleeping since. the start of the pandemic.

After the significant disruption the pandemic has caused in people’s lives, taking care of one’s mental health is essential to taking care of oneself and building resilience as individuals and as a community.

Headspace offers meditation and mindfulness through its app and can relieve stress, help increase movement, sleep and focus, reports Behavioral Wellness.

“Behavioral Wellness is thrilled to offer 5,000 Headspace apps for free to members of our community,” said Antonette “Toni” Navarro, Director of Behavioral Wellness. “[email protected] team members are available to help provide training on using Headspace and how to register.

Sign up for Headspace here. To learn more about the [email protected] Headspace project, contact Maria Arteaga at [email protected]

To learn more about the San ta Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, visit

For help accessing Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Services, call the toll-free 24/7 Crisis Response and Service Access Line at 888- 868-1649.

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