But Snap also said that its own research shows that Snapchatters often deal with stress, anxiety, depression and other states by turning first to friends. With the guided mini-meditations in the Headspace Snap Mini, Snap said it hoped to “help demystify and destigmatize mental illness” when it first launched the partnership back in June.
A Snap spokesperson told The Verge, “we are putting resources front and center where Snapchatters already talk to their close friends, and we hope this new feature will provide a safe space for friends to practice mindfulness, and be able to send encouraging messages to positively boost friends in need.”
The Headspace Mini has six meditation sessions that range from three to six minutes long. In the Snapchat app you can find it by typing ‘Headspace’ into the search bar to meditate alone, tap the rocket icon when in a chat to meditate with friends. It’s also part of Snapchat’s Here For You search tool that was rolled out to help people deal with the stress of the pandemic.
There are three other Snap Minis launching called Let's Do It (made by Snap to help friends make decisions), Predictions Master (a game) and Flashcards (virtual exam revision).