Blue Shield of California’s Wellvolution Program Now Offers Headspace App to Help Members Reduce Stress and Increase Resilience

Blue Shield expands Wellvolution to include behavioral health support with scientifically backed mindfulness and meditation app at no additional cost to eligible members

Posted: October 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CDT|Update: 1 hour ago

OAKLAND, California, October 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Blue Shield of California today announced that the Headspace mindfulness and meditation app is now available to its members through the non-profit health plan’s Wellvolution program.

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Headspace offers hundreds of tools and over 1,000 exercises to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. The app joins the many resources offered on Blue Shield’s Wellvolution, a digital lifestyle-focused medicine and health platform provided in conjunction with Solera Health that can be customized to suit the health needs and preferences of each member.

The addition of Headspace expands Wellvolution to now include behavioral health support. Blue Shield members already benefiting from Wellvolution’s Lifestyle Medicine service can now add Headspace to their support system at no additional cost to them. Blue shield California continues to expand its Behavioral Health program for its members and the community which now includes expanded telehealth options and BlueSky, the health plan’s multi-year commitment to support youth mental health statewide.

“There is no doubt that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has high stress levels for everyone,” said Bryce williams, Vice President, Mind Body Medicine at Blue Shield of California. “With Headspace, our members receive a scientifically validated and clinically effective solution to improve their mental health and well-being.”

Headspace research has shown that the app’s guided meditations can reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and increase focus, self-esteem and resilience. The company found:

  • 10 days of headspace use resulted in a 14% decrease in stress.
  • 8 weeks of Headspace use resulted in a 31% decrease in anxiety symptoms and 46% decrease in depressive symptoms.

Almost two years after its onset, the pandemic continues to affect the lives of many Americans and stress remains present and problematic. According to the American Psychological Association, 78% of adults report that the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives, and 67% report having experienced increased stress during the pandemic.

“There has been a huge increase in the need for mental health supports over the past few years and Headspace has been successful in helping people stress less, be more resilient and sleep better,” said Sarah Romotsky, Director, Healthcare Partnerships Solutions at Headspace. “Through this valuable collaboration with Blue Shield, we hope to make mindfulness easy and accessible to everyone.”

Wellvolution is Blue Shield’s lifestyle-driven digital medicine and health platform that can be customized to suit individual health needs and preferences. Created in collaboration with Solera Health, Wellvolution provides members with on-demand, guided access to a bespoke network of clinically proven lifestyle applications to prevent, treat and even reverse disease. It is available to most Blue Shield members with their benefit plan at no additional cost and is an example of how the nonprofit health plan is reinventing health for individuals, families and communities.

“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with a health plan as avant-garde as Blue Shield of California to help meet the timely mental health needs of their members by offering our Behavioral Health Network, ”said Marie Langowski, CEO, Solera Health. “There is a huge demand and need for these services, and we are happy to work together, with our partner Headspace, to make it easier for consumers to access mindfulness and mental wellness programs. “

For more information on mental health resources through Blue Shield’s Wellvolution platform, visit

About the Blue Shield of California
Blue shield California strives to create a health care system worthy of family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue shield California is an independent, tax-paying nonprofit member of the Blue Shield Association with over 4.5 million members, over 7,500 employees and over $ 21 billion in annual turnover. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now its head office at Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates offer health, dental, ophthalmic, Medicaid and Medicare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $ 150 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation over the past four years to impact California communities.

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About the headspace
Headspace was created with one mission in mind: 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 remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training. Headspace is committed to advancing the field of mindfulness through clinically validated research, with one of the largest research pipelines of any digital health and wellness company. Headspace operates a B2B (Headspace for Work) business to deliver its mindfulness products and services to more than 2,200 companies, such as Starbucks, Adobe, Hyatt and Unilever, to help them create healthier, more productive cultures and more efficient organizations. Headspace supports government entities such as New York State and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to provide digital mental health tools. Headspace is partnering with many of the world’s best-known brands including Apple, Sesame Street, Spotify, Amazon and Nike, as well as Netflix for a three-part mindfulness series that premiered in 2021. Headspace has was recognized as TIME100’s Most Influential Companies in 2021, Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Social Goods Companies in 2021, and World’s Most Innovative Companies. Other accolades included Apple’s Best of 2018, Samsung’s Best of 2019, and one of CB Insights’ best digital health companies, in addition to being shortlisted for seven Webby Awards in podcast, healthcare and of fitness. For more information, visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Solera
Solera Health is committed to changing lives by transparently guiding people to better health solutions, while providing payers and employers with the tools to manage providers and outcomes under all conditions. Solera’s platform provides an organized network marketplace of digital and community-based solutions focused on intensive lifestyle and evidence-based, behavioral and social interventions to impact the most prevalent and costly chronic diseases . Solera strategically matches consumers with their best-fit solution and helps them stay engaged for successful health outcomes.

Mashi Nyssen
Blue shield California
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