NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More

NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More











Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.

Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.

The site offers resources on issues important to young adults, including:


    Healthy relationships
    Family and friends
    Campus life
    Independent living
    Finances
    Employment
    Housing
    Mental health issues

“Young adulthood is an exciting challenge, but also a confusing and stressful time for anyone,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. “Life can throw things at you fast.”

“Mental illness affects everyone. StrengthofUs.org is intended not just for young adults who have a mental illness, but for anyone entering adulthood that has a friend, parent or other family member facing a mental health problem.”

“Most of all, StrengthofUs.org is an interactive, fun space where young adults can share experiences and other information to empower each other, build relationships and offer peer support.”

“StrengthofUs.org is about helping and inspiring each other,” said Alex M. White, age 23, a member of the advisory group of young adults who helped develop the Web site. “I would not be alive today if it had not been for the love, care and support I received from family, friends and loved ones.”

White was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 13. He dropped out of school and attempted suicide before gaining control of the illness.

A Montana State University graduate, White now leads a happy, productive life in New York City. He has made an award-winning short film, Une Vignette de Melancolie, about depression and suicidal ideation that has played internationally.

NAMI created the StrengthofUs community through the support of the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation, established by Hailey Dart, in loving memory of her son,

Roddy, who lost his life at age 22.

Special Note

On April 20, the Web site will host a “launch party” featuring a remix of the song “Goodmorning” from the upcoming Derivatives album by William Fitzsimmons, who worked helping people with mental illness before turning a passion for music into his profession. He was named an iTunes Best Singer-Songwriter for his album The Sparrow and the Crow and his music has been featured on the television show Grey’s Anatomy.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

Contact

Christine Armstrong

christinea(at)nami(dot)org

(703) 312-7893

nami.org

twitter.com/namicommunicate

facebook.com/officialNAMI

strengthofus.org

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The Human Capital Institute Hosts Networking Event for Ottawa Business Community

The Human Capital Institute Hosts Networking Event for Ottawa Business Community










Washington, D.C.; Ottawa (PRWEB) April 17, 2007

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator in talent management strategies, announced today that Gabriel Bouchard, Vice-President and General Manager of Monster Canada, will speak at a networking breakfast for Ottawa’s business community.

The event, sponsored by Monster Canada, will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2007, from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM ET, on the University of Ottawa campus in Faculty of Law’s Fauteux Hall, located at 57 Louis Pasteur.

Bouchard’s presentation, Optimizing Recruitment Strategies in a Competitive Market — Ottawa, will explore how organizations can more effectively compete for Canada’s top talent.

There is tremendous competition for talent in Canada, and no organization can afford to be less than leading edge in its recruitment techniques — especially when it comes to the Internet which is now the number one destination for Canadian adults to find a new job. Bouchard’s presentation will begin with a brief review of the market forces creating the labor shortage and progress to specific recruitment strategies needed to meet the challenge.

Participants will learn to use tools like branding to become more attractive to a larger pool of qualified candidates and the Internet to significantly expand the reach and frequency of their recruitment campaigns. In addition, they will learn the importance of their Employer Value Proposition and how to create one by promoting the right benefits to the right audience, along with how to streamline the recruitment process to capture top talent.

At this session, Gabriel Bouchard, a leading authority on labour shortage issues and Internet recruiting, will share information and insight that can help Ottawa employers better leverage Internet recruiting, said Allan Schweyer, HCI’s President & Executive Director.

Gabriel Bouchard is Vice-President and General Manager of Monster Canada and one of Canada’s leading experts on employment and recruitment trends that are being driven by the evolution of the Internet and the demographic changes in the labour force.

In 1996, while Vice-President of Marketing at TMP Worldwide, Bouchard founded an online recruitment service. In 1997, he launched Monster.ca, a career site pioneer in Canada, his insights into how online recruiting and the new demographic trends are reshaping Canada’s employment marketplace have driven Monster Canada’s rapid growth as Canada’s expert source in online recruiting and one of the country’s most successful Internet companies. Bouchard regularly travels across Canada, speaking to organizations about the impact of current employment issues and how they factor into future planning.

Bouchard’s extensive experience includes work in the advertising field. Prior to joining Monster Canada, he was head of advertising and promotions at Radio-Québec. He also worked with BCP Strategy Creativity Inc., one of the largest advertising agencies in Quebec. As an entrepreneur, he also launched his own marketing-communication agency in 1991. Gabriel Bouchard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec, de Montréal.

There is no charge for the Ottawa event, and it is open to the public. Interested professionals should call 866-538-1909 to register. For a list of Human Capital B-School events at prestigious universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, please visit: http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org

ABOUT MONSTER.CA

Monster Canada (http://www.Monster.ca) is Canada’s premier online career resources portal — a bilingual, user-friendly online resource that is revolutionizing job seeking and recruitment. Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading global online careers and recruitment resource. Monster was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. Monster operates in 38 countries today, up from 27 at the start of 2005. We’ll add another 5 to 12 countries in the coming year. Monster is # 1 or #2 in 21 of the 38 countries we serve. Monster is known for connecting quality job seekers at all levels with leading employers across all industries and offers employers innovative solutions, technology and superior services that give them more control over the recruiting process. To learn more about Monster’s industry-leading employer products and services, please visit solutions.monster.ca

ABOUT THE HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE

The Human Capital Institute is a global think tank, educator, and professional association defining the agenda and setting the pace for the new business science of human capital management. With over 53,000 members in over 40 countries, HCI offers a new association framework that cuts across the silos of recruitment, HR/OD, finance, sales and marketing, operations, manufacturing and IT. We provide key executives, line managers and human capital professionals with the newest education, most effective tools and best practices in talent strategy, acquisition, alignment, engagement, deployment, measurement, and retention. The future belongs to leaders with innovative ideas and strategic knowledge. We invite you to learn, share and grow your career with HCI’s comprehensive resources, and join our high-achieving, forward-looking membership community. For more information, please visit: http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org.

PRESS CONTACTS

Monster Canada

Rikke Wivel

514-350-0711

Human Capital Institute

Andrea Miller

866-538-1909

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