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Users help other Users Overcome their Mental Health Challenges!

August 11, 2016

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A new crowdsourced strategy for stemming the tide of Mental Health issues is gaining steam.  It’s called crowdsourcing.  Welcomed in many other areas such as Wikipedia, Couchsurfing, and project campaign pages like Kickstarter, these techniques are now being applied to solve one of the most pressing problems of our times- Mental Health issues that are spiraling out of control and causing extreme cost and problems on society You can give it a try yourself if you don’t believe me- you simply start HERE.

In recent years, technology has enabled numerous new models to take hold to provide novel ways to improve and increase care.  Nowhere is this more needed than in the area of Mental Health!  Unlike physical health, which has seen vast improvements in recent decades, Mental Health continues to have incredible challenges.  While the incidence of issues continues to increase and is on the verge of spiraling out of control, the effectiveness of treatment has seen no improvement.  In fact, more people commit suicide this year then did 30 years ago, according to  New York Times Piece!  There are numerous efforts, both public and private, designed to stem this tide including the Five Point Plan, improving mental health in schools, and overall promotion of mental health. Prevail has been covered widely in the news for its innovative efforts. ?.  One very interesting one is Peer to Peer support.  Breaking down the wall of stigma, while offering extremely high levels of empathy, peers create a paradigm shift in the world of mental health. Peers enable the first, and often times the hardest, step just a little easier.  According to Mental Health America, Peers are an increasingly important part of the solution to  dramatically improving the mental health picture.

In iPrevail’s particular model, Users actually earn points redeemable for valuable rewards for helping each other out.  After a quick online training syllabus, Users can become Peers and begin to help other Users with their mental health challenges through instant message chats.  All of the chats are rated for quality and approved for adherence to adequate Peer support, and Peers are rewarded points based on the quality of the care they are offering other Users.  These points can then be redeemed for various gift cards and other things.

Anyone can qualify to start the Peer training, and start helping others on their path to recovery.  Through this truly disruptive model, the power of the crowd is helping to overcome a seemingly intractable problem!

 

Apply to start helping others www.iprevail.com/become_a_peer.

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