FOX23 Investigates: Here’s a drugless way to escape from reality

Drug free way of escaping reality during pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — Experts are worried about the toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on mental health.

FOX23 previously told you that some experts say mental health issues could be the second wave of damage from this pandemic.

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The increase in COPES calls.
The increase in COPES calls. (Family & Children Services)

A company called Healium offers a drugless escape from reality in what is a difficult time for many people.

Healium uses virtual reality, or augmented reality, through a smartphone app or a virtual reality headset, and a monthly subscription.

Users can utilize wearables like a smartwatch or an EEG headband to track neurofeedback and control interactive stories.

Published studies show Healium can reduce anxiety in as little as four minutes.

Depression or anxiety lead the reasons why people are calling Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services.
Depression or anxiety lead the reasons why people are calling Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services. (Family & Children Services)

Healium’s creator, Sarah Hill, says hospice workers, government contractors, navy sailors, and health care workers fighting COVID-19 in hospitals are managing anxiety with Healium.

She describes it as “PPE for the mind”