Pacifica: the mobile application designed to reduce stress.
In 2017, the average adult spent over 2.5 hours on his/her phone every day. This incredible and increasing omnipresence of technology in our lives has sparked an industry-wide conversation about the impact technology has on our physical and mental health.
While many argue that the use of certain apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter can have a detrimental impact on mental health, Pacifica is using the same technology to change the digital landscape for everyone’s wellbeing.
What is Pacifica?
Pacifica is a tool designed for clinicians, students and individual users to manage their mental health. As we rarely leave the house without our phones, users can have access to the resources whenever they need it. The app incorporates relaxation techniques, mood/health tracking, guided self-help paths and a peer support community.
How does it work?
Now for the science, which is not as complicated as it might seem. Pacifica uses a treatment method we know well, called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours impact how we feel. Learning how to become mindful, reframe your thoughts and make minor adjustments to your behaviour allows you to improve your overall mood and lifestyle.
Pacifica is making mental health tools and resources more accessible to users all around the world and they certainly aren’t the only ones. Headspace, Calm, and Moodpath are some of the other highly rated mental health apps that bring resources to the tips of our fingertips in this evolving e-health space.