London, 10 September 2014
In support of World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday 10 September, tech company Virtually Free, which makes apps to improve mental health, is making its popular Stress Free app, available through the App Store and Google Play, FREE throughout the day.
Stress, anxiety and depression affect over five hundred million people each year. They are the main reasons people are off work, affecting 40% of employees on sick leave. Those affected take on average 24 days off in the UK. Depression and anxiety also affect a big portion of those diagnosed with ‘bad backs’, essentially those who prefer not to disclose the real reason of their work absence due to the stigma behind mental health disorders.
The Stress Free app from Virtually Free offers a series of proven techniques to relax and relieve anxiety, the cornerstone of any treatment for anxiety. Designed by two UK leading practicing consultant psychiatrists, Dr Andres Fonseca and Dr Russell Green, and developed by videogame legend Richard Flower, the app takes advantage ofthe same proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques used in clinical practice applied in this game.
Dr Freeman, the app’s virtual doctor, teaches the user four tested relaxation techniques including calm breathing, deep muscle relaxation, meditation and self-hypnosis. Meditation in particular is the most effective at protecting you from both depression and anxiety.
1 in 4 people suffer from mental health problems of which around just 33% seek formal help. When help is sought people are often faced with long waiting lists or mounting costs. There is a big shortage of resources and options provided to sufferers but it not treated effectively, mental disorders can often lead to suicide.
Alternative tools, like Virtually Free’s computerised cognitive behavioural therapy app Stress Free, can help bridge that gap between extensive therapy and mental illness.
Stress Free can be downloaded for free on September 10 2014 from: