Canoga Park, CA (PRWEB) December 04, 2013
The Family Members of the Mentally Ill (FMOTMI) is proud to announce the launch of the new Family Members of the Mentally Ill social network (http://www.fmotmi.com). The Social Network serves as an online support group, designed to help families cope with the devastating effects associated with mental illness in a family member. The interactive site allows family members to set up member profiles, and “friend” and message individuals, while sharing pertinent interests, information, knowledge and experiences. The Social Network also contains a blog, and features the latest news relating to mental health.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMH), mental illnesses are “biologically based brain disorders that profoundly disrupt a person's ability to think, feel, relate to others and their environment.” Mental illness affects men, women and children, and includes mental, mood, anxiety, eating, and personality disorders, as well as Schizophrenia, Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder. Approximately one in four adults is suffering from some type of mental illness. That translates into a staggering 61.5 million people. Many believe that the stigma associated with mental illness is one of the main reasons that only 60 percent of adults, and 50% of children ever receive treatment. This is particularly challenging for the family members of the one in seventeen Americans (13.6 million) who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness, such as extreme depression, Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder and PTSD.
The burden on family members of the mentally ill can be extreme and traumatic. Many family members can feel isolated, depressed, angry, frustrated, guilty, ashamed, resentful, hopeless, and overwhelmed. Unfortunately, many times the problems can also result in disrupted childhoods or marriages, or problems with intimacy.
“That’s why we started http://www.fmotmi.com,” says David Perlmutter, of Family Members of the Mentally Ill. “Parents, children, siblings and spouses, in particular, are the forgotten victims of this devastating disease. They want and need to be heard. So, it is critical that we find ways for them to share their experiences and get some sort of emotional support for themselves, while also learning to help their loved ones live more peaceful and productive lives. Mental illness is treatable, and many people can recover from it, especially if treatment is started early. So we’d like to not only increase awareness about mental illness, but we’d also like our online support group to serve as a safe haven for families, and let them know that they are not alone,” he said.
The Family Members of the Mentally Ill social network is open and available to adults 18 and over at a minimal cost of $5.99 per month. To sign up, or for more information, visit http://www.fmotmi.com.
About Family Members of the Mentally Ill
Family Members of the Mentally Ill is an online support group designed to help families cope with the devastating effects associated with mental illness in a family member. The Social Network allows family members to set up member profiles, and “friend” and message individuals, while sharing pertinent interests, information, knowledge and experiences. The Social Network also contains a blog, and features the latest news relating to mental health.
Family Members of the Mentally Ill