The Ministry of Behavioral Welfare will provide access to the Headspace app


Mental health has become a priority for many during the pandemic, and as the stigma of seeking help for anxiety, depression and insomnia has faded, with services offering help to people. in need have increased.

The Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Department has made an effort to provide resources for those seeking mental health support. most desktops and tablets – to 5,000 residents at no cost.

Credit: Courtesy of Behavioral Wellness

“We are delighted to announce the launch of 5,000 Headspace licenses in our county, effective October 2, 2021,” said Pam Fisher, Acting Director of Behavioral Wellness. “Headspace offers meditation and mindfulness through its app and can relieve its user of stress, help increase movement, sleep, focus and more. “

The five-year project is part of a state-wide collaborative project – administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority and paid for using funding from the Mental Health Services Act Innovations – designed to “increase l ‘access to mental health care, support well-being, promote early detection of mental illness and enable early intervention,’ according to a statement by Behavioral Well-Being Public Information Officer Suzanne Grimmesey.

Headspace was originally launched in 2012, but has reincarnated in different forms. The latest app uses guided meditation, yoga exercises, mindfulness games, and sleep-promoting soundscapes to help its users deal with the stress of everyday life. The company’s stated mission is “to improve the health and happiness of the world,” and it has grown in popularity in recent years, reaching over 70 million users in 190 countries.

A monthly subscription typically costs $ 12.99 per month, the annual subscription costs $ 69.99 per year. The County Headspace launch will offer licenses at no cost to “identified key populations,” including “those discharged from psychiatric hospitalization, recipients of crisis services, adults receiving services from the behavioral wellness system who are found in geographically isolated communities and young people of transition age enrolled in colleges and universities, ”said Grimmesey. Young people of transition age are generally between the ages of 16 and 25.

Members of the Help @ Hand team will provide training on how to register and use the Headspace app and will focus on using the platform as another element to deliver care that can enable for individuals to pursue their mental well-being through digital technology.

Licenses will be distributed in a three-phase process to identified groups, but there are plans to open the program more widely over the next year.

For more information on the Help @ Hand Headspace project, please contact Maria Arteaga at [email protected]. To learn more about the Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Department, visit

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