As a childhood survivor of domestic violence, I have always lived with a quiet anxiety – an innate paradox to the roaring loudness often ill perceived by my senses. This intense anxiety coupled with residual PTSD held me prisoner with the secret of my abuse as a weapon against healthy relationships. From the outside looking in it was a perfect existence – a soaring career, exciting friends, etc. – but it was a beautiful charade. Inside I was alone; crippled with anxiety and unable to share my story.
In 2010 I was asked to join NoStigmas – and soon thereafter helped the grassroots movement devoted to mental health awareness and advocacy to become an official 501(c)(3) public charity. Over the past 5 years, our community has grown to include nearly 50,000 individuals affected by suicide and mental illness. New weekly programming includes educational articles, awareness videos, peer support training modules and community member stories which are focused on empowering others to become mental health advocates for themselves, their communities and the cause.
Today, I serve as Vice President on the Board of Directors for NoStigmas. I believe in the power of connecting a network of empowered, inspired, and enlightened individuals and am excited to be able to share with you the concept for the NoStigmas Here app. Your donations are an invaluable step in helping the NoStigmas community connect on a global scale. Please see additional details below and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting the next chapter of NoStigmas, and remember – you are not alone. -AH
About NoStigmas -
NoStigmas is a global mental health network empowering individuals to take positive action through awareness, support and advocacy. We're all about building community support, so what better way than to make a NoStigmas App!
The NoStigmas Here mental health app will be a place for people to connect with mental health information, resources and support. It's a conduit that conveys members along their mental health journey, with a focus on self-care and community.
We're helping people learn how to practice positive mental health for themselves AND those around them. Inspired individuals, inspired community!
This app lives out our mission by creating a peer support system that is founded on the anti-stigmatization of mental health. There are no stigmas here, only support!
We're talking with some of the top app developers in the world! The estimated total cost of this project is $10,000 and we can't do it without your help. Here's a breakdown of how project development will loook:
Phase I - Basic Platform
- Mental Health Resource Directory
- Learning Center
- Community Member Stories
Phase II - Personalization
- Personalize Homepage (favorites, badges, training, etc.)
- Tools: Wellness Goals, Reminders, Mood Tracker
Phase III - Near Me
- Peer Meetups
- Local Events
- Wellness Resources
Phase IV - Peer-2-Peer
- Discussion Forum
- Peer-2-Peer Chat