CINCINNATI, Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Patient engagement leader PatientPoint® and peer-to-peer mental health support network NoStigmas® today announced a partnership designed to help address mental health stigmas—beginning at the doctor's office. By delivering a unique combination of compelling educational content and patient testimonials in more than 4,500 primary care waiting rooms nationwide, the two organizations hope to increase understanding and reduce stigmas surrounding mental illness.
While mental illness is one of the most common health conditions in the U.S., only about 20 percent of American adults have sought treatment for a diagnosed or self-reported mental health condition within the last year. Research suggests that the embarrassment and shame that can be associated with seeking help is largely responsible for keeping many from seeking necessary treatment.
NoStigmas was founded to eliminate stigmas surrounding mental health treatment and to support the creation of peer support mental health online communities everywhere.
"NoStigmas is designed to be a place where people can connect, share their story and learn about mental health without feeling alone or ashamed," said NoStigmas Founder Jacob Moore. "By partnering with PatientPoint, we can further extend our message and work together to eliminate the days of silence, solitude and stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide."
In each primary care waiting room featuring the PatientPoint-NoStigmas campaign, NoStigmas testimonials from real people living and thriving with mental illness will air in conjunction with relevant PatientPoint educational segments about topics like depression, anxiety and suicide awareness.
PatientPoint also offers comprehensive depression education on its interactive exam room touchscreens. The touchscreen content includes dynamic videos, 3D anatomicals and other multimedia learning tools designed to help patients better understand depression, support patient-physician discussions and reinforce key steps for treatment compliance.
"PatientPoint and NoStigmas share a passion for not only educating patients, but more importantly reassuring them that they're not alone in their health journey," said PatientPoint Senior Vice President of Content & Creative Kate Merz. "Through our partnership with NoStigmas, we look forward to connecting patients and families with this remarkable organization at the powerful point of care."
PatientPoint® is a patient engagement solutions company passionately committed to making every doctor-patient engagement better™. By harnessing the power of technology, our omnichannel platform more effectively educates and empowers patients, caregivers and staff to deliver improved health outcomes and an enhanced patient experience. For 30 years, hospitals, health systems, physician offices and sponsoring brands have trusted PatientPoint and its more than 450 team members to provide a uniquely integrated experience across care settings. By the end of 2018, PatientPoint programs are on track to impact patient-physician discussions in more than 51,000 physician offices and 1,000 hospitals nationwide. Learn more at patientpoint.com.
NoStigmas® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering peer-to-peer community support networks built by and for those whose lives are affected by mental illness and suicide. Since 2011, NoStigmas' international network has grown to include nearly 70,000 Ally members. Through the one-of-a-kind Ally Training program, members are empowered to practice self care, provide peer support and take positive action during both everyday interactions and dynamic local events. The continued formation of strategic alliances with community organizations will support the creation of 25+ localized peer-run groups by the end of 2019. Get involved and show your support at nostigmas.org.