By Luna Greenstein
It's easy to feel down or to become disconnected when going through a challenging time, especially when you feel like your challenges with mental health are unrelatable to others around you, or if you are a family member or caregiver struggling to find support for someone who is challenged with a mental health condition(s).
Connecting with others who share similar mental health experiences or others that acknowledge the complex task of supporting someone undergoing mental health struggles can make a huge difference. Modern technology and NAMI have made this easy with our free mobile app: NAMI AIR
The app is designed to support individuals living with a mental health condition(s) and caregivers/family members who wish to connect with and inspire others by sharing their mental health experiences. After downloading the app, you can choose either individual or caregiver/family member and NAMI AIR will optimize your experience based on your selection by offering content most appropriate for you. NAMI AIR also makes it easy to express your feelings about a particular story through reactions. When you feel a connection, you can either “like,” “hug,” or “me too” to show your support.
NAMI AIR stands for Anonymous, Inspiring and Relatable— these essentials make support for mental health through online interactions, in NAMI AIR, successful. You can engage safely with the mental health community without having to worry about discrimination or stigma.
If you are someone experiencing mental health symptoms or someone experiencing challenges with mental health and feel that you need additional support beyond NAMI AIR, the app provides access to the NAMI HelpLine from within the app for assistance in finding resources.
Download the app here.
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