Anonymous But Not Alone: NAMI’s Mental Health App Is A Breath Of Fresh A.I.R.
Despite the fact that nearly 60 million people in the U.S. are currently suffering from mental illness, many still feel all alone in their challenges. They suffer in silence. For those that have the support of family, friends and professionals, their caregivers tend to experience their own set of silent mental health challenges. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) made it their mission to end this when creating their first mental health app, AIR.
AIR stands for Anonymous, Inspiring and Relatable – the unique qualities missing from the current mental health app space. “When we first started looking at it we realized there’s a lot of health apps out there already, but what was really missing was sort of a place for people to come in easily and anonymously to get support or to share and connect with the community,” Katrina Gay, National Director of Communications of NAMI, explained in an interview with BlackDoctor.org.