I aim to launch a non-profit Mental Health GPS roadmap service in the U.S. The idea is based on the fact that because of the fractious and confusing nature of the mental health system, people have no idea who to call when a mental health challenge strikes - usually they call 911 which is only appropriate in real emergencies. Or they head to Google where they are misled by ads, and become more confused, often not even knowing what to look for. There are various hotlines and web sites that list services in most areas, but what is missing is a person to help the family navigate through the system and find appropriate care. The service will be manned by peers (people with lived experience in recovery) and peer family members (who have lived through often long and painful recovery journeys with their loved one)- who have been trained as ‘navigators’.
I already have some peers and family members who want to be part of it, and I am working on fundraising now. It is certainly a challenging time to try to launch anything, but here we are.
Wow, such a great idea.
This is a great method to co-create logos. We are at the beginning of a co-operation with a Polish university teaching graphic design and they will join our incubation program as official partner. With their students we can do similar actions, offering logo design and creation of other visual elements for social entrepreneurs.
Welcome to the forum Judith! I’m not sure that I’ve seen a logo as descriptive as yours! Your concept is excellent. It is challenging to get anything off the ground but in your case, perfect timing with the current “de-funding” conversation happening in the US to increase mental health support in these domestic etc. emergency calls.
Thanks Jodee- it's great to reconnect and invent together!
Yes #data! Welcome to the SEIP Forum Judy!! Very happy to see you here.
Welcome to the FORUM Judy. I love every element of this idea. The strong tech background, the big data approach and especially the peer involvement! Huge potential in this initiative :)