Individuals suffering from mental illness and their family members now have an app to find support through an online social media community from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
AIR (Anonymous, Inspiring, Relatable) is available through both the Apple and Android app stores, and it’s designed for both those living with mental illness and the loved ones of those individuals.
“NAMI AIR is intended to provide another way for people to find and give support, to connect with others through smart phone and computer tablet,” the NAMI website reads.
After downloading the app, users choose with which group they’d like to communicate, but they can toggle between the two. Stories applicable to the chosen group – individual or family member – will appear in the AIR news feed, and users can offer support through likes, hugs, and “me, too” messages, among other interactions.
“AIR allows users to access information on how to get help, learn more about NAMI and connect with the NAMI HelpLine,” the app description continues. “AIR facilitates personal connections with others who may be going through, or have been through, similar situations. Users are anonymous but not alone.”