Shoppers Drug Mart offering free access to mental health program

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Shoppers Drug Mart offering free access to mental health program

04/02/2020

The world is full of uncertainty at the moment, which is why Shoppers Drug Mart wants to do its part to help fellow Canadians.

In partnership with SilverCloud Health, the Toronto-based retailer will be offering a virtual stress management program free of charge to shoppers that can be accessed from phones, tablets or computers.

“Our purpose is helping Canadians live life well, and these days that means more than ever,” Jeff Leger, president of Shoppers Drug Mart, said. “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.”

Featuring a blend of cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology and mindfulness, the program consists of eight modules that focus on resilience and cognitive restructuring in order to help recognize and change negative thinking, as well as negative patterns and behaviors, the company said.

“We are committed to providing impactful mental health support to those in need across Canada and beyond during this unprecedented global crisis,” Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud said. “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 program, which can be accessed via the Shoppers Drug Mart website, will be free to Canadians until June 15.

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