Indian startup InnerHour to expand free digital mental health services to healthcare workers

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Starting in July, InnerHour is providing digital mental health services to pro bono healthcare professionals as part of the corporate social responsibility initiative of listed company Godrej Consumer Products.

WHAT HE DOES

InnerHour is a startup that runs a mental health and wellness platform offering free assessments, a range of cognitive behavioral therapy tools, personalized content, and one-on-one support to individual and corporate clients. It also connects clients to a network of over 120 trained therapists and psychiatrists in 150 cities in India. Its mobile app is available on iOS and Android devices.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

Based on a press release, InnerHour, through its joint program with Godrej, dubbed Mind Care +, will reach more than five million doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to help them cope with stress, l anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to giving them access to self-help tools through its mobile app, it will also offer free remote consulting services.

About four in ten Indian doctors have been infected with coronavirus disease since last year, according to estimates by the Indian Medical Association. This makes them vulnerable to the risk of mental illness, Godrej and Inner Hour said.

THE BIGGEST TREND

Roche Diagnostics India recently introduced the The REACH wellness app which also provides mental health support to healthcare workers. It has been deployed to various hospitals across the country, including the Tata Memorial Hospital. It is also used by members of the United Nurses Association of Maharashtra.

A A study published last year in the Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine found that support staff were five times more likely to be exhausted from the ongoing pandemic and doctors 1.64 times more likely to be exhausted .

ON THE RECORD

“Due to the pandemic, healthcare professionals are working tirelessly and under tremendous pressure to provide intensive care to COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. With Mind Care +, we are committed to supporting our peer healthcare professionals with self-help tools and remote tools. consulting services, ”said InnerHour Founder and CEO Dr Amit Malik.

“Healthcare professionals are the frontline heroes in our battle against COVID-19. Our hearts go out to professionals who have been directly affected. This initiative expands our Employee Assistance Program to Healthcare Professionals in India for them. help seek therapy for burnout, post-traumatic stress and anxiety, ”said Sunil Kataria, CEO of Godrej Consumer Products India-SAARC.


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