July 8, 2009

2009 NAMI Conference: New online information technology introduced

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania used the occasion of the 2009 NAMI conference to introduce an innovative website that provides information, education and support to mental health consumers, family members and the community. The new website utilizes a patented technology which simulates real-time conversations enabling users to ask specific questions and receive specific responses to questions about Mental Illness.

This interactive content, the result of a multi-year research & development effort, offers general advice about Mental Illness and includes links to NAMI fact sheets about bipolar disorder and other specific conditions. While a small portion of the content (less than 10%) provides specific advice to Southwestern Pennsylvania residents, over 90% of the content is useful as a general resource for mental health consumers and family members.

This project represents a substantial investment of time and money by the NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania which worked closely with MedRespond ,which has an exclusive license with Carnegie Mellon University to use the patented technology, to build the innovative website. This project is funded by a grant provided by Staunton Farm Foundation.


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