ARLINGTON, Va., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has unveiled NAMI AIR, a unique iPhone and Android app to provide support and access to information both for persons living with mental health conditions and for family members, friends and other caregivers.
The app represents the latest step in using mobile technology to expand the reach of mental health support and comes just in time for Mental Health Month, beginning May 1.
AIR stands for "Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable."
NAMI AIR is available for free download from the Google Play and iPhone App Stores—which can be accessed from www.nami.org/air.
"NAMI AIR is unique. It is designed for both individuals and families affected by mental illness," said NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti.
"A person can be heard and acknowledged without being judged or getting unsolicited advice. Users can share experiences or encouragement and receive responses such as 'like' or 'me too.'"
Posts are anonymous to preserve privacy, but monitored by NAMI's HelpLine in case special, confidential assistance is needed.
"NAMI wants to acknowledge and thank AstraZeneca for its support in launching NAMIAIR. It reflects our mutual dedication to improving the lives of persons affected by mental illness and an exciting 'out-of-the box' collaboration that will expand support for recovery," Giliberti said.
NAMI AIR enables users to connect to NAMI's newly-designed website, www.nami.org, and NAMI's HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or email@example.com. Both provide contact information for local NAMI Affiliates and their programs.
The app also connects to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
"Users are anonymous, but they are not alone," Giliberti said.
"Feeling grateful, happy, inspired, loved, thankful," said one recent NAMI AIR post.
"Pain is real. But so is hope and recovery," said another.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through research, education, support and advocacy.
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness