Open Farm Pet Food Partners with BetterHelp Counseling Service
To help ease the feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Open Farm Pet Food has partnered with BetterHelp, an online counseling service. The partnership provides unlimited free therapy sessions for anyone in the United States or Canada for a full month based on individual activation date.
Additionally, Open Farm Pet Food will host a virtual training series with animal behaviorist, Jill Villarreal, Ph.D., to help both pet and pet owners reduce stress during this unprecedented time throughout the month of April. Among other topics, Dr. Villarreal will address pet massage, making walks more enjoyable and the importance of routine.
“Open Farm was built on the premise of doing good for our pets, the planet and our community,” said Isaac Langleben, co-founder and CEO of Open Farm, which is based in Toronto. “During these difficult times, we have doubled down on this mission, focusing more than ever on supporting our team, our retail partners and our communities as we all navigate this crisis. Offering free mental health support during this isolating time is crucial. While we know our pets are always there for us and can help ease negative feelings of stress and anxiety, we want to be sure everyone can get the help they need.”
The effects of COVID-19 are showing an increased need for mental health services, according to officials. In the last month alone, BetterHelp onboarded 600 new therapists, officials said.
“BetterHelp’s mission has always been to make professional counseling accessible and convenient so anyone can get help anytime, anywhere,” said Alon Matas, founder and president of BetterHelp. “We’re grateful for the support of Open Farm Pet Food to enable more people access to the help they need during this time. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the number of new members with concerns of stress and anxiety in February-March more than doubled compared to February-March of last year.”
Open Farm Pet Food is also encouraging pet owners to share how their pets are helping them cope on social media using #ThereForEachOther.
For details on counseling services, visit here.