SYDNEY, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Opening up about your experience with a mental illness has become a lot easier following the launch of a video streaming site enabling anyone with a mental health illness to share their story.
The video recording and streaming service allows for people who wish to share their story to record a video via their webcam directly on the site, upload a pre-recorded video, or select an already uploaded video from their YouTube channel.
To record and share your mental illness story today please visit www.voluntaryadmission.com
The idea was the brainchild of author Anthony Bayss. "It took me some time before I could talk about my terrifying downward spiral with depression. However, once I opened up to family and friends about my illness each person I told in-turn informed me of a couple similar stories. This made me realize the importance of people talking about their harrowing stories, I am hoping these stories reduce the hurdles and inspire others to seek help," said Anthony Bayss.
Mr. Bayss added, "The service is powered by YouTube Direct and reEmbed, and is free for anyone who wishes to share their experiences. At the end of each video you will find a social media share feature to ensure your story reaches a broad audience."
Depression statistics published by The World Health Organisation World Mental Health Survey (2012):
An estimated 350 million people are affected by depression.
Less than 50% of those affected seek treatment.
In extreme cases depression can lead to suicide.
1 million lives in the world are lost every year to suicide.
For each person that completes a suicide at least 20 people attempt to end his or her life.
Anthony Bayss is a 34-year-old Sydney-based author. He resigned from his family business following a life-threatening bout of depression. Anthony survived an attempted suicide and bravely admitted himself into an emergency psychiatric center.
Anthony wrote his nonfiction book Voluntary Admission to illustrate to everyone currently suffering an undiagnosed mental illness what events transpire once you do ask for help. The desire to tell his story was motivated by exceptional care he received while in hospital and the unwavering support since from family and friends.
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SOURCE Voluntary Admission