CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Bardi, Co-founder of the mental health app, Project Toe, announced today a new initiative designed to grant $500 every month to student run organizations on college campuses that create a Support Group on the Project Toe app. The goal is to incentivize college campus organizations to build their own Support Group for their fellow students to join if they are feeling stress, anxious, or depressed. The initiative will offer an alternative way for colleges to offer local support for students in distress.
This represents the next phase of the Project Toe app, which is designed to help people dealing with life struggles such as depression, thoughts of suicide, self-harming behavior, addiction, and a host of other life-challenging conditions. The app—which is free— works with either iTunes or Android and allows individuals to join or create a support group. "We call it social-therapy," says Mike Bardi. "It is the idea that we can leverage both technology and our own personal struggles to help those currently going through something similar today."
Introduced in 2015, the Project Toe app currently has over 6,000 active users and 3,000 support groups worldwide. Participants can use the app in a variety of ways. They can join a support group that reflects their particular issue, create a new support group, share their life story by creating a post, or chat one-on-one. Participants can also agree to engage with an online therapist if they so desire for a low fee. There is also a "grateful wall," which allows participants to express their positive thoughts towards other members of the community.
Mike Bardi is also the author of "The Word Toe: How One Word is Redefining Mental Health."
According to Bardi, "the story began with two friends walking on the beach. One of the friends wanted to have a non-confrontational way to let the other know she was feeling troubled without having to directly ask him for help." Bardi's vision is to improve mental health around the world by empowering people to help one another cope with life challenges such as anxiety, stress, loneliness, or any challenge that we all face throughout our lives.
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