Strength Of Us New Website for Young Adults
Dear NAMI Leaders, Family and Friends,
We are very excited to announce that yesterday NAMI launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community for young adults living with a mental health condition and those who have a family member or friend affected by a mental health problem.
Developed by young adults, Strengthofus.org is a user-driven social networking community where young adults can connect with peers and share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news and much more! The site also includes an online resource center that addresses topics young adults identified as being critically important to them.
For this project, we conducted a national survey of young people in the 18 to 25 year old age group living with mental health conditions on their social networking habits, resource preferences and support needs. We received 284 responses from a wonderful cross section of young people and the survey report became the blueprint for this project. We also worked in close consultation with a young adult Expert Advisory Group who were involved with the project from the very beginning to the end and provided great feedback, thoughts and ideas on all aspects of the site.
We already have over 100 active users so encourage young adults to join in on the action today! Feel free to also visit the site yourself, although without a profile, you will only be able to see the resources and not the various social networking components that are so popular. Thanks for your time and support! Please see the release below for more information.
Dana C. Markey
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Child & Adolescent Action Center
3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Toll Free: 1.800.950.NAMI (6264)
NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults:
Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More
March 23, 2010
Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.
The site offers resources on issues important to young adults, including:
· Healthy relationships
· Family and friends
· Campus life
· Independent living
· Mental health issues
“Young adulthood is an exciting challenge, but also a confusing and stressful time for anyone,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. “Life can throw things at you fast.”
“Mental illness affects everyone. StrengthofUs.org is intended not just for young adults who have a mental illness, but for anyone entering adulthood that has a friend, parent or other family member facing a mental health problem.”
“Most of all, StrengthofUs.org is an interactive, fun space where young adults can share experiences and other information to empower each other, build relationships and offer peer support.”
“StrengthofUs.org is about helping and inspiring each other,” said Alex M. White, age 23, a member of the advisory group of young adults who helped develop the Web site. “I would not be alive today if it had not been for the love, care and support I received from family, friends and loved ones.”
White was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 13. He dropped out of school and attempted suicide before gaining control of the illness.
NAMI created the StrengthofUs community through the support of the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation, established by Hailey Dart, in loving memory of her son,
Roddy, who lost his life at age 22.
On April 20, the Web site will host a “launch party” featuring a remix of the song “Goodmorning” from the upcoming Derivatives album by William Fitzsimmons,
who worked helping people with mental illness before turning a passion for music into his profession. He was named an iTunes Best Singer-Songwriter for his album The Sparrow and the Crow and his music has been featured on the television show Grey's Anatomy.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education,