Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Life Made Easy! Klinic, Manitoba government launches app that helps users cope with stress

The ‘Calm in the Storm’ app promotes resiliency, said Tim Wall of Klinic Community Health Centre. Bernice Pontanilla/Metro 
Preventing stress is the goal of a new smartphone app developed in Manitoba just in time for the end-of-year holidays.

Named ‘Calm in the Storm,’ the free mobile app aims to help people cope with stress and prevent suicides, said Nicole Chammartin, executive director of Klinic Community Health Centre.

Tim Wall, Klinic’s director of counseling, said neglecting stress management “can lead to painful and sometimes tragic consequences.

“Using proven de-stressing practices such as those in the new app can improve health, happiness, and promote resiliency each and every day,” added Wall in a press release.

The Calm in the Storm app, which received support from the Manitoba government, Winnipeg Foundation and Western Financial Group, allows users to receive personalized recommendations, listen to self-calming practices and create individualized safety plans.

The app also provides tips on how people with suicidal thoughts, which can be aggravated during the holidays, can keep themselves safe.

Deanne Crothers, minister of healthy living and seniors, said that while stress is a normal part of life, “we know that too much stress can be harmful.”

“We are pleased to support Klinic in this initiative focused on keeping Manitobans of all ages healthy and safe, a focus our government shares,” she said.

Visit www.calminthestormapp.com for more information or to download the app.

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