In partnership with National Network of Depression Centers, a new non-profit organization, Project Healthy Minds, recently launched operations focusing on anti-stigma advocacy for mental health problems. The organization has two initial projects. It is building a free consumer-friendly, one-stop digital referral platform that aims to increase access to care by making it fast and easy to find and navigate available resources. It is also designing a multi-platform, anti-stigma campaign featuring culture-makers and influencers.
Project Healthy Minds brings together leaders with deep experience in a wide variety of fields, including physicians, technologists, scientists, corporate leaders, entertainment executives, artists, policymakers, and philanthropists. The organization was founded by Phillip Schermer and Sabrina Khan; Mr. Shermer serves as its chief executive officer.
The organization has formed a working partnership with the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), the leading national university consortium on depression. The NNDC will help guide Project Healthy Minds’ work to ensure that the best evidence-based approaches are incorporated into the discovery platform, anti-stigma campaign, and other programmatic initiatives. NNDC’s consortium on depression includes 21 academic institutions, including Harvard University, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of California San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, Weill Cornell, Duke University, Emory University, University of Texas and more.
Over the coming weeks, Project Healthy Minds intends to release a free, beta tool to simplify finding mental health products and services. The new digital discovery platform is slated for formal release in about one year and will offer a one-stop-shop digital hub to help people navigate the mental health service system, and connect them with tailored support based on their individual needs.
This was reported by Project Healthy Minds on October 1, 2020.