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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Launches Emotional Support Program Through Happy Partnership

March 18, 2021

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Jason Papagan
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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society 


Research Triangle Park, North Carolina – Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, an internationally renowned society of science and engineering, announces a new partnership with Happy the App, a phone- and mobile-based emotional support platform. The partnership will inform Sigma Xi members about the benefits of emotional support, as well as provide access to personalized, peer-based support services at no cost. The Happy platform uses advanced data and a unique vetting process to provide a network of 24/7, on-demand services that connect individuals with support givers who have an exceptional ability to provide immediate and compassionate emotional support.

“Sigma Xi recognizes an immediate need to offer emotional support during the pandemic emergency, economic turmoil, and social disruption its members are currently experiencing,” said Sigma Xi CEO Jamie Vernon. “Emotional support is a fundamental human need. Because we recognize that stress and anxiety are universal challenges across the research community, Sigma Xi members from all career stages and research sectors are encouraged to use these services.”

Sigma Xi is committed to raising awareness of and providing support for the growing emotional health challenges facing its members and the research community. Through the Happy partnership, Sigma Xi members will gain access to valuable tools and information to help reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety, enhance relationships, and improve academic and job performance.

About Happy: Happy is a supportive culture company changing the national conversation about preventive mental health and sustainable emotional wellbeing. Happy connects anyone, at the push of a button, to the most caring people in the country --- highly-qualified peers who are exceptional at providing the essential ingredient of mental health, emotional support. Founded by scientists and healthcare professionals, Happy's aim is to ensure that everyone has the genuine human connection and support they need to reach their full potential. Happy is partnered with major insurers (e.g., Centene/WellCare), large health systems (e.g., Ochsner), and is a national partner of leading national health organizations including the American Nurses Association, the American Heart Association, Mental Health America, and the National MS Society, and will soon be launching Happy Music. Happy is based out of New Orleans, Louisiana with a national Support Giver network team located across the country providing on demand support, 24/7, confidentially and anonymously. To learn more, visit