The Coronavirus pandemic is a crisis and source of stress & personal challenge. Nearly everyone on the planet is impacted. Most have felt a loss of normal, many will lose jobs, some will lose friends & loved ones. The mental, social, emotional and physical burden will be heavy. The surge in anxiety during the initial phase of the pandemic is just the beginning.
To help people around the world navigate the crisis, we just added a new power pack to the SuperBetter game.
The Stay Strong in a Pandemic power pack is for anyone who wants to overcome challenges and stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities help players increase mental, social, emotional and physical resilience while following World Health Organization and CDC guidance to slow the spread of the virus.
The Stay Strong in a Pandemic power pack features Quests to complete each day, troublesome Bad Guys to battle, and resilience-building Power-ups to activate. It includes two of Jane McGonigal’s special Power-ups: The Power Breath and The Plus One Technique.
Because the crisis is so new, we initiated the pandemic edition of SuperBetter by crowdsourcing ideas from the our amazing community. We learned about the biggest challenges faced so far and anticipated during the pandemic. The ideas and insights informed the new evidence-based activities.
SuperBetter is a game played in real life to improve resilience, mental health and social-emotional learning. Everything in the SuperBetter game is backed by the science of resilience and challenge response growth. Playing SuperBetter can help players navigate the crisis, build whole-person resilience and achieve personal growth in the process.
Published meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials show SuperBetter is among the most effective mobile apps validated for reducing anxiety and depression.
“So many people are already struggling. We feel the urgency to help,” says Keith Wakeman, SuperBetter CEO. “Adding power packs and making the app available for free is our way of doing our part to help right away as we put plans in place to have greater impact in the future.”
We previously introduced the Stay-at-Home Scavenger Hunt power pack to help players and their friends strengthen social connections while physical distancing.
Find Stay Strong in a Pandemic in the ‘Get Power Packs’ area of the SuperBetter apps (iOS, Android) or website.
Stay safe and healthy. We will get through this together.
Your allies at SuperBetter