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Feel Connected

Hugr Authentic Connections is a mental wellness app designed to help people feel connected.

Through this self-guided digital program, businesses and their employees can measure their level of social connection, discover how to build and maintain authentic connections, and regularly share how they're feeling with those closest to them.

Begin your journey to growing and maintaining authentic connections

Build connections that foster your personal growth and emotional support through your own unique journey. With Hugr Authentic Connections, you can share your experiences and feelings with those that matter most.

See how one user, Jasmine, navigated through her personal journey:

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The use of Hugr Authentic Connections is not psychological therapy and is not meant for mental health assessment or therapy or mental health emergencies. It is for education purposes only. Visit our privacy policy for more information.

Why social connections matter

Mental wellness can be split into the following three pillars each with contributing factors. An imbalance of one results in decreased wellness.

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Physical Health

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Mental Fitness

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Social Connections


Humans are genetically wired to need social connections. Like food and water, when this need is not being met, it is a threat to a persons' well-being. The absence of meaningful social connections is painful. Read the Research.

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How do you use Hugr?

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    Check-in daily to build self-awareness

    Explore your current social connection strengths and opportunities for growth and action.

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    Discover evidence-based tools and skills for social connection

    Develop a set of tools to close social connection gaps and maintain Authentic Connections for mental wellbeing.

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    Track daily and view trends over time

    Track and view trends on everything from your mood, social connection charge, and experience at work to activities, feelings and medications.

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    Share with the people closest to you

    Invite the caring, trusted people in your life to support your mental wellbeing journey by sharing your progress and current mental wellness status.

Discover techniques to identify loneliness and isolation

Feeling empty and hollow inside, invisible, unloved, or resentful
Feeling physically and emotionally unwell
Feeling disconnected from self or others
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Suffering emotionally when thinking about social connections gaps
Feeling not worthy or unable to have meaningful relationships
Compensating for emotional discomfort through distractions, like hiding in work
Before COVID-19, 20-25 percent of the population experienced some form of isolation and loneliness. COVID-19 only amplified the negative impact gaps in authentic connections can have on a person’s mental health.

How does Hugr help employees and businesses?

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For employees

  • Hugr Authentic Connections works for everyone - no matter where they are on their mental well-being journey
  • Gives employees the skills to develop engaging and meaningful social connections in support of their mental well-being
  • When bad days happen, they have easy access to integrated support and tools
  • Normalizes the importance of personal mental well-being and reduces stigma
  • Helps employees forge psychologically safe and meaningful social connections at work and at home

For businesses

  • Promoting Hugr Authentic Connections demonstrates a timely commitment to employee well-being — particularly while we're experiencing unprecedented stress and social isolation
  • Employees will develop new knowledge and skills and feel a greater sense of connection at work, resulting in higher engagement, retention, productivity and performance
  • Hugr Authentic Connections is a valuable, evidence-based addition to their workplace well-being toolkit that will proactively support all employees

Co-designed with lived experience, industry expertise and research

Hugr Authentic Connections is the product of lived experience by the members of Territorial, a Canadian tech company with 16 years experience developing digital solutions and Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and President of Howatt HR. He is one of Canada’s renowned experts in mental health in the workplace and author of The Cure For Loneliness. This collaboration has been combined with the industry expertise and knowledge of Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, Canada’s largest health and safety association.


Start Your Journey

Social connections are like oxygen, food, and water. Begin your personal journey towards improved authentic connection charge and reduced loneliness today.

Proudly working with Arete to bring Hugr Authentic Connections premium features to the insurance and benefits industry in Canada.

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Just Released!

The Cure for Loneliness Book

This powerful guide and workbook, written in design with Hugr Authentic Connections, drills into the root causes of isolation and loneliness and shows you how to conquer them to achieve a more fulfilling, enriching life.

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The Cure for Loneliness

If you are in distress and would like to access additional support, please contact your Employee Assistance Program or nearest crisis/distress centre. If it is an emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency department.

© Hugr Authentic Connections 2021

Thank you

Thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Your help allows us build a better app for everyone.