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John Kirwan offers free mental health support

John Kirwan

Sir John Kirwan has announced that his new wellbeing app – Mentemia – will be free for the six months to help Kiwis deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Developed late last year by Kirwan, tech entrepreneur Adam Clark and medical advisers, Mentemia (“my mind” in Italian) includes a mental health plan with tips on how to boost your wellbeing each day.

Thanks to Government funding, the app will be available for free for the next six months to help support all Kiwis during this time when increased anxiety, uncertainty, and additional stress is affecting the lives of many people.

With the announcement of New Zealand moving to Level 3 Alert but bars remaining closed, the industry is still under immense pressure.

“The app was originally aimed to be released just to workplaces, but extra funding from the Ministry of Health means it’ll be available for all Kiwis throughout the COVID-19 response,” said former Health Minister David Clark.

Key features of the Mentemia app include:
· Finding out about your personality with purpose-built quizzes.
· Creating a worry map that tracks what triggers make you feel a certain way so you can be better prepared to deal with them.
· Practicing better breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and promote calm.
· Mood-boosting content designed to help Kiwis through this unique, uncertain time for our country.

Mentemia is available for free until October 2020.
Download from the Apple App store here.
Download from the Google Play store here.

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