PRN: Innovation on World Mental Health Day
Innovation on World Mental Health Day
BRISBANE, Australia, October 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Online Social Network, MentaNet, Launched
A 21st-century mental health initiative, MentaNet, has officially launched to aid individuals in their recovery process.
MentaNet is an innovative online social network that was launched earlier today at the Mental Health Stigma Summit in Brisbane. It operates like a dedicated version of Facebook.
Keith Mahar the founder of MentaNet has personally experienced anxiety, severe depression and acute psychosis and acknowledges that peer support played a major role in his own recovery from bipolar disorder.
Mahar who is now a strong mental health advocate says, "MentaNet is part of a community development initiative to apply technology to raise awareness of recovery, inspire hope and strengthen the mental health community."
Mahar is a qualified social worker and formed MentaNet based on research related to internalized stigma and the importance of interaction and group identity to boost self-efficacy and recovery for marginalized groups.
MentaNet is one of the first projects to be rolled out by Mentalympians, an initiative with an international advisory group that is developing a non-profit multimedia online mental health 'community channel' to promote recovery, connect members of the community, and act as a catalyst for mental health reform.
The Mental Health Council of Australia has described Mentalympians as "a world first new community media initiative" and a "creative approach to promoting awareness of recovery."
Adults with lived experience of mental health issues, their families and friends, healthcare professionals and other interested individuals are encouraged to sign up online to MentaNet.
To join MentaNet go to: http://www.mentalympians.org
About Keith Mahar:
For further information: Keith Mahar, tel: +61-416-857-533,Â firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @mentalympians