Healthcare professionals have been on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has negatively affected their mental well-being. Finding innovative ways to take care of their emotional health while treating and preventing mental exhaustion is an urgent need. To respond to this challenge, Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona has worked with the immersive technology startup Broomx, to provide guided immersive mindfulness therapies that combat pandemic fatigue and other mental disorders.
After learning about the benefits of the therapies, other hospitals and Health centers implemented Broomx's immersive relaxation therapies to care for the mental health of their professionals. At Fundació Hospital d'Olot i Comarcal de la Garrotxa, the immersive experiences have been used in a study to assess the improvement of the healthcare professionals' anxiety levels. Since the beginning of 2021, the therapies are being offered to hospital professionals, and the first evaluations have shown impressive and immediate benefits.