HealthyPlace.com Launches ‘Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences’ Project
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Giving mental health consumers a voice, HealthyPlace.com, the largest consumer mental health website with more than one million visitors a month, has launched a new audio feature that allows members to call a toll-free number (1-888-883-8045) to share their mental health experiences.
“Many people with a mental illness suffer in silence, thinking they are the only ones experiencing psychiatric symptoms and feelings associated with those symptoms,” says HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft. “The fact is there are millions of people suffering from depression, anxiety and other psychological illnesses, but fear and stigma surrounding mental health keeps people from talking about it.”
During the initial launch, more than forty people recorded messages dealing with topics such as the death of a family member, issues of self-injury, and struggling with deep depression. Others included:
- Janis, who has a niece with schizophrenia, discussing how the mentally ill are treated by the criminal justice system.
- Deb, a woman who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, discussing her decision to integrate the personalities that live inside her.
- Kim, who shared her own journey in managing and recovering from a mental health issue.
“The poignant stories that are being shared, these glimpses inside the lives of people who are struggling every day, attest to the fact that they can not only come to HealthyPlace.com in search of mental health information and support, but they show others, in their own words, that they are not alone in what they are going through. These recordings are really intimate portraits of different facets of either living with a mental illness or watching a family member grapple with various issues,” says Gary Copeland, President of HealthyPlace.com.
The National Institute of Health estimates there are at least 30 million people in the U.S. who suffer from psychological disorders ranging from mild anxiety to much more serious issues. “Whether you have a mental health condition, or you’re a family member or loved one, we hope we’ve created a safe place for people to share their mental health experiences and insights,” says Mr. Copeland.
About HealthyPlace.com: America’s Mental Health Channel
With one out of every five Americans suffering from some sort of mental or stress-related illness, HealthyPlace.com is a one-stop source for mental health information from experts and from people who are living with psychological disorders and their effects on a daily basis. The site provides comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications as well as an active mental health support network and unique online tools. For additional information, go to: http://www.HealthyPlace.com.
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