New Yahoo Life product shines spotlight on mental and physical health

By Lindsay Powers

Yahoo Life

New York, NY, U.S.

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One of Yahoo Life’s goals is to destigmatise mental health coverage. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many people are facing hardships — ranging from illness or death to financial instability or job loss, the lack of child care with schools closed, and the uncertainty of when we’ll be able to return to normal routines. It’s no surprise that people’s physical and mental health are suffering. 

While many people are well-versed on how to stay physically healthy, they may not know how to stay mentally healthy. Yahoo Life’s Well-Being section was created to help. 

Yahoo Life’s Well-Being section launched in April with an emphasis on mental health — and how it is just as important as physical health, especially during the uncertain times of a global pandemic.

Yahoo Life writer Kerry Justich interviewed notable experts to help people struggling with coronavirus and eating disorders. Photo courtesy Yahoo Life
Yahoo Life writer Kerry Justich interviewed notable experts to help people struggling with coronavirus and eating disorders. Photo courtesy Yahoo Life

Mental health is not always given comparable treatment and coverage compared with physical health, and Yahoo Life aims to change that through the following ideas:

  • Top experts, in a judgment-free zone: Yahoo Life’s Well-Being section features interviews with respected doctors, psychologists, authors, thought leaders, and health officials — helping break down today’s complicated mental health topics, including juggling child care and work, feeling lonely, depressed or anxious, and disordered eating. For a story about how the coronavirus can be triggering for people with eating disorders, Yahoo Life's Kerry Justich spoke to the CEO of the National Eating Disorder Association and an eating disorder therapist and founder of the Eating Disorder Center. For parents juggling children at home, Yahoo Life consultant and author Lindsay Powers offered advice on rejecting pressure to be a “perfect” mom or dad.
  • Actionable tips in digestible bites: Yahoo Life’s Well-Being section distills the latest studies and guidance into actions that readers can safely use at home. This unique feature connects readers to resources to keep them mentally healthy. World-renowned spiritual guru Deepak Chopra has partnered with Yahoo Life for a podcast, video series, and column. His “Daily Breath” podcast helps people learn how to meditate and find mindfulness during these unprecedented times.
Deepak Chopra’s “Daily Breath,” housed in Yahoo Life’s Well-Being section, won the 2020 Webby for Best Health and Wellness Podcast. Photo courtesy Yahoo Life
Deepak Chopra’s “Daily Breath,” housed in Yahoo Life’s Well-Being section, won the 2020 Webby for Best Health and Wellness Podcast. Photo courtesy Yahoo Life

  • Visually appealing, accessible product: Mental health coverage is elevated with beautiful and diverse graphics and clean, accessible, quickly loading story pages — whether you’re on mobile or desktop — to reach the largest audience possible. As a subsidiary of Verizon Media, Yahoo Life uses augmented reality (AR) to help people visualise complicated topics, such as an interactive graphic showing the prevalence of mental illness in America.

 The Yahoo Life platform offers original content as well as carefully curated content from premium partners across the Web, like USA Today, Refinery29, PopSugar, HuffPost Life, O, The Oprah Magazine, and the Today show — ensuring the storytelling readers love can be found all in one place.

Banner image courtesy of Yahoo Life.

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