Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.










Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

With one in five Americans struggling with mental illness at sometime in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the area’s oldest community mental health organizations, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, is bringing together elected officials and media with clients and healthcare, community and business leaders to have a candid discussion about the common cause of mental illness and community mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month will launch in Detroit with an unprecedented cross-sector leadership dialogue led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Central City Community Mental Health President & CEO Irva-Faber Bermudez on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Simultaneously, a 30-second public service announcement featuring Napoloen, Faber-Bermudez, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting and Bishop Edgar L. Vann will air on several TV and cable channels. The PSA is designed to celebrate Detroit Central City’s 40 years of unwavering service, while bringing awareness and encouraging people to support community mental health and seek help for mental illness if needed. “We shouldn’t have to wait for high profile examples of mental illness, left unchecked and untreated, to have a discussion about mental health and wellness. The dialogue and campaign will bring awareness of the growing demand for mental health services, encourage people to seek help, and not feel ashamed to do so,” said Irva Faber-Bermudez.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, the dialogue will include discussion about healthcare and the fact that “there is no health without mental health,” said Nancy Schlichting, Detroit Central City’s 2010 mental health hero award recipient. Participants will also discuss how mental health and wellness plays a leading role in the 15 x 15 movement to bring 15,000 new residents to Midtown by 2015; how law enforcement, legislators, businesses, non-profit organizations, practitioners and healthcare officials bonds can be strengthened to positively affect mental health and wellness; how the media plays a crucial role in erasing the stigma; and how innovative collaborations are working to serve all who seek help.

Participants, to date, include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee; Judge Timothy Kenny of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court; Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Director of the City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion; Dr. Reginald Eadie, President of Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Robert Lagrou of Henry Ford Health System; William Heaphy, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Tamela Aikens of the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Giancarlo Guzman of United Way of Southeast Michigan; Bishop Edgar L. Vann of Second Ebenezer Church; Marc Scheuer, Vice President of Comerica Bank; Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, Chief of Psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Jeff Gerritt, Editorial Writer of the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board; Jay Greene, Senior Healthcare Reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle, and many others. Ron Savage, Fox 2 Anchor and Reporter will serve as moderator.

Detroit Central City, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, thanks Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship and participation in this program. Detroit Central City is conveniently located at 10 Peterboro, corner of Woodward, in Detroit. Parking will be available at the Detroit Central City gated lot on Peterboro as well as the Michigan State University lot on Woodward.

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Ideavibes Expands to Central America – Signs Partnership Agreement with Expansion Bridge Mexico

Ideavibes Expands to Central America – Signs Partnership Agreement with Expansion Bridge Mexico










Ottawa and Guadalajara (PRWEB) August 15, 2011

Ideavibes has announced that Expansion Bridge Mexico will be joining them as an Integration Partner for the Ideavibes Engagement Platform. Expansion Bridge will focus on capacity building in the area of engagement and open innovation for governments and corporations throughout Mexico and Latin America.

“We have seen an increasing demand from in Latin America from both companies and governments looking for an engagement platform that focuses on innovation and engagement and is tightly integrated with popular social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. Ideavibes is well positioned for growth in Latin America through this strong partner that understands the market and how best to capitalize on this growth,” according to Paul Dombowsky, Founder and CEO of Ideavibes. “Early on we see demand from cities from all over the world looking for the tools to go beyond what surveys or public consultations can do. Making sure a broad spectrum of voices is heard, whether you are a brand or a city/state government, is important. Our platform focuses on enabling participation from as diverse a crowd as possible on any issue.”

According to Francisco Valverde, VP of Social Platforms of Expansion Bridge Mexico, there are few options for platforms in Spanish focused on open innovation, crowdsourcing or citizen engagement. “We are pleased to join Ideavibes as a Integration Partner and plan on implementing the new Spanish version of their platform to help our clients in Mexico and Latin America. We work with many brands, City and State Governments, and other public institutions to help them use consultation and innovation to build better products, deliver open government, and provide mechanisms for useful citizen engagement.”

The Ideavibes Crowd Engagement Platform enables organizations to quickly and easily create crowdsourcing or crowdfunding initiatives to solicit engagement from the community or crowd or market and use this engagement and the ability to post, vote and comment on ideas to come up with crowd driven ideas that make change happen.

Ideavibes has implemented their Crowd Engagement Platform for citizen engagement in cities such as San Francisco in the US and Calgary and Ottawa in Canada. The Platform is also the backbone for the recently launched Fundchange (http://www.fundchange.com) crowdfunding initiative sponsored by TELUS.

For more information about Ideavibes, please visit http://www.ideavibes.com or http://www.ideasquevibran.com

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Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers

Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers










Newburyport, Mass. and Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 20, 2007

Mental Health America (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.com), the nation’s leading non-profit mental health organization, and Psych Central® (http://www.psychcentral.com) today announced that the two organizations are partnering to create a comprehensive online mental health social and information network. Planned for launch later this year, the partnership will create the nation’s leading network to provide consumers with the most credible, trustworthy and high-quality mental health information and community on the Internet.

“With an increasing number of people turning to online resources for mental health information, there needs to be reliable content supported by established organizations,” said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “This partnership will bring quality content to a growing network of people promoting mental wellness and result in additional clarity for those who seek trusted mental health information online,” said Shern.

The partnership will feature content from both organizations, including daily news articles, research briefs, book reviews, interviews with leading experts, online community forums, and more. The portal will also enable consumers to personalize content based on their needs. For example, if someone is interested in depression, he or she will be able to sign up to receive this custom content delivered daily.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to partner with Mental Health America for this effort,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “For more than 12 years, Psych Central has been helping to break down the stigma related to mental health issues through its online efforts. This partnership is the next step in support of that cause. Together, we’ll integrate the best mental health information and help grow a community while providing new ways for people to connect with each other,” said Grohol.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 25 percent of Internet users search for mental health information online. This increased interest along with the growing number of choices for consumers to receive mental health information, it’s never been so important that sites maintain strong ethical standards and adhere to stringent privacy policies.

Psych Central has been consistently recognized as one of the top resources for mental health and psychology information online serving more than 600,000 visitors each month with more than 10,000 pages of content. Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, has a network of more than 320 affiliates nationwide that support the awareness and support of mental health issues.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet.

Psych Central does not provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

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Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health

Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health










HAVERHILL, Mass. (PRWEB) May 2, 2007

Psych Central® today announced the public beta launch of the Sanity Score™ Web tool at http://www.SanityScore.com that can help assess an individual’s overall level of mental health. The system takes responses from 90 questions and then calculates a person’s Sanity Score, a basic overall measure of a person’s mental health. Along with the numerical result, people also get a thorough description of life factors that emerged to support the result plus a graphical representation of how high that person scored along 21 different common mental health attributes.

“Millions of Americans who have a diagnosable mental illness never seek treatment for it, in part, because they are unsure of their level of mental health,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “We’ve refined this proprietary system to provide individuals with useful information about the state of their current mental health status.”

The system is free, easy-to-use, and doesn’t take long to complete. Simply go to http://www.SanityScore.com, log in with a free Psych Central account, and start taking the multiple-choice questionnaire. All-in-all, it only takes about 15 minutes to complete and receive immediate results, which can then be saved for future reference.

“Today’s public beta launch is meant to draw attention to the growing number of people who are seeking reliable and helpful information online,” said Grohol. “Visitor numbers to Psych Central, our flagship mental health Web site, have been growing consistently alongside the trend of people looking for reliable mental health information online. This is a great new tool that provides a new dimension to understanding mental health conditions that otherwise are difficult to quantify,” he said.

The Sanity Score system will become more refined and be updated as more people take the test.

After individuals complete the Sanity Score test and learn more about their mental health condition, they can head over to http://www.psychcentral.com to learn more about any concerns that they system uncovers. For each attribute, Psych Central has a complete offering of editorial news content, reference information, support communities, book reviews, blog posts, and more.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet. For more news from Psych Central, please visit http://psychcentral.com/about/press_releases/

Neither Psych Central nor Sanity Score are a substitution for provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

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