Berkeley Mental Health Technology Project

Berkeley  is proud to be a part of the [email protected] project: a statewide collaborative of 14 counties and cities in California that share a common goal of improving the mental health of Californian’s by using technology and programs to improve the behavioral health care system.

During COVID-19, we have all faced unprecedented change, stress and uncertainty. To help, the City of Berkeley Mental Health Division is providing free access to two popular online mental health resources: myStrength and Headspace. These mental health apps are being funded through a Mental Health Services Act Innovation Project (PDF). The free subscriptions for both myStrength and Headspace are available to anyone that works, lives, or attends school in Berkeley. You can sign up for either or both of these resources.

Access Proven Mental Health Interventions through myStrength

myStrength provides personalized and interactive activities that address depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, chronic pain and sleep challenges. The individually tailored program is designed to empower users and also supports the physical and spiritual aspects of whole-person health. The myStrength experience is based on clinical models like cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing – proven interventions that have helped millions improve and sustain health and wellbeing. If you choose to sign up, your myStrength subscription will be active until Oct. 31, 2022.

Access Meditations, Sleep and Movement Exercises through Headspace

Berkeley community members can also access a free subscription to Headspace, a popular online meditation and mindfulness resource. The Headspace library incudes exercises to manage anxiety, encourage stress relief, increase focus, enhance sleep and improve mood. Additional features include meditation reminders, tracking your practice statistics, and inviting a buddy to join and meditate together. Meditations for children are also available. If you choose to sign up, your Headspace subscription will be active until Sept. 30, 2023.

Improving Mental Health in Berkeley

Berkeley is one of only two California cities with a mental health division. Almost all of the funding comes from state and federal sources. Having our own Mental Health Division gives the City of Berkeley freedom to tailor services closely to our community’s needs. Berkeley Mental Health has a significant focus on increasing access to mental health services, offering walk-in hours, providing on-site drop in and ongoing services at the Berkeley High School Health Center, and, for several decades, having a mobile crisis team to help people suffering from mental health crises. Many of the programs are primarily aimed at individuals who have serious mental illness and major impairments and who have Medi-Cal or no insurance.

The partnership with myStrength and Headspace is an exciting expansion of services available to the community. The COVID-19 epidemic has increased isolation and limited access to mental health services for many Berkeley residents. This platform, available to all Berkeley community members, builds upon our existing effort to provide access to mental health information and resources. Improving your mental health will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger. Sign up and spread the word about these free online mental health resources.

Please click the button below to connect to the myStrength application sign-up page. 

We all have our struggles. Finding ways to focus on your emotional health is important. Now you can use web and mobile tools to help you get better and stay strong. myStrength is safe and secure — just for you. It offers custom resources to improve your mood and overcome the challenges you face. Track your health, enjoy interactive activities, and become inspired by quotes and videos with myStrength. You’ll find help for stress, anxiety, substance use, chronic pain and more.

Please click the button below to connect to the Headspace application sign-up page.

Headspace is meditation made simple. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. Find more joy, catch your breath, relax your mind, and feel 14% less stressed in just 10 days. Get more goodnights, put your mind to bed, wake up refreshed, and make good days your new normal. Make every day happier, do it for yourself, and everyone you love. It only takes a few minutes to find some headspace.