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Shoppers Drug Mart offers virtual stress management program

By The IJ Staff | April 03 2020 02:00PM

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Shoppers Drug Mart announced on April 1 that it is partnering with SilverCloud Health to open a virtual stress management program to help Canadians with stress caused by COVID-19. It will be offered for free to Canadians until June 15.

"Our purpose is helping Canadians live life well, and these days that means more than ever," said Jeff Leger, president, Shoppers Drug Mart. "With health and financial concerns, isolation, and anxiety rising, this program is designed to treat stress with modern approaches. Hopefully, it brings people peace of mind, and possibly gives them and the healthcare system some relief at a time when both are burdened."

Cognitive behavioural therapy

The stress program is accessible from phones, tablets and computers and Shoppers Drug Mart is covering all costs. It is a blend of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology and mindfulness consisting of eight modules that focus on resilience and cognitive restructuring to help recognize and change negative thinking patterns and behaviours.

Impactful mental health support

"We are committed to providing impactful mental health support to those in need across Canada and beyond during this unprecedented global crisis," said Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud. "With a whole population being asked to stay home and health systems having to prioritize care, we recognize the heightened need for effective, proven virtual support. Our partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart helps ensure Canadians have tools and techniques available to manage stress and bring balance into their lives during this unprecedented time."

The stress program is available nationwide and can be accessed by visiting this link.

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