A NoStigmas App?! What?!
May 23, 2016
When I was a senior in high school my cousin, Marty, took his own life. That day has forever changed me and my outlook on life. Losing Marty was one of the most painful experiences I have yet to face.
I could not understand what Marty must have felt to drive him to a place where he felt he couldn't face another day. I hated that I did not get to properly say goodbye to him. I hated that no matter how I explained my anger and pain, no one around me could understand what I was truly feeling.
Following my freshman year at KU, I did not know it but I became depressed. Often I would get asked what I had to be depressed 'about' or to 'just push through it.' It was not that simple. I was going through the motions of life. I felt like I was a walking ghost and constantly chasing after my true self.
I would not admit that I was depressed until I was forced to. I thought, "no, that's not me. I'm stronger than that." I knew when my best friend said to me, crying, that I was not myself and everyone could see it, that I had to make some sort of change.
I made changes that were necessary for me. I built a support system that I knew would never fail. And I got really, really honest.
When I first visited NoStigmas, my experience taught me so much about my own mental health as well as helping others with theirs. Everyone is affected by mental health, and everyone should have access to help in the way that they wish to be helped.
I'm looking forward to the day this world is stigma free.
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