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NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More

NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.

Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.

The site offers resources on issues important to young adults, including:

    Healthy relationships
    Family and friends
    Campus life
    Independent living
    Mental health issues

“Young adulthood is an exciting challenge, but also a confusing and stressful time for anyone,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. “Life can throw things at you fast.”

“Mental illness affects everyone. StrengthofUs.org is intended not just for young adults who have a mental illness, but for anyone entering adulthood that has a friend, parent or other family member facing a mental health problem.”

“Most of all, StrengthofUs.org is an interactive, fun space where young adults can share experiences and other information to empower each other, build relationships and offer peer support.”

“StrengthofUs.org is about helping and inspiring each other,” said Alex M. White, age 23, a member of the advisory group of young adults who helped develop the Web site. “I would not be alive today if it had not been for the love, care and support I received from family, friends and loved ones.”

White was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 13. He dropped out of school and attempted suicide before gaining control of the illness.

A Montana State University graduate, White now leads a happy, productive life in New York City. He has made an award-winning short film, Une Vignette de Melancolie, about depression and suicidal ideation that has played internationally.

NAMI created the StrengthofUs community through the support of the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation, established by Hailey Dart, in loving memory of her son,

Roddy, who lost his life at age 22.

Special Note

On April 20, the Web site will host a “launch party” featuring a remix of the song “Goodmorning” from the upcoming Derivatives album by William Fitzsimmons, who worked helping people with mental illness before turning a passion for music into his profession. He was named an iTunes Best Singer-Songwriter for his album The Sparrow and the Crow and his music has been featured on the television show Grey’s Anatomy.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.


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Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers

Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers

Newburyport, Mass. and Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 20, 2007

Mental Health America (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.com), the nation’s leading non-profit mental health organization, and Psych Central® (http://www.psychcentral.com) today announced that the two organizations are partnering to create a comprehensive online mental health social and information network. Planned for launch later this year, the partnership will create the nation’s leading network to provide consumers with the most credible, trustworthy and high-quality mental health information and community on the Internet.

“With an increasing number of people turning to online resources for mental health information, there needs to be reliable content supported by established organizations,” said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “This partnership will bring quality content to a growing network of people promoting mental wellness and result in additional clarity for those who seek trusted mental health information online,” said Shern.

The partnership will feature content from both organizations, including daily news articles, research briefs, book reviews, interviews with leading experts, online community forums, and more. The portal will also enable consumers to personalize content based on their needs. For example, if someone is interested in depression, he or she will be able to sign up to receive this custom content delivered daily.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to partner with Mental Health America for this effort,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “For more than 12 years, Psych Central has been helping to break down the stigma related to mental health issues through its online efforts. This partnership is the next step in support of that cause. Together, we’ll integrate the best mental health information and help grow a community while providing new ways for people to connect with each other,” said Grohol.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 25 percent of Internet users search for mental health information online. This increased interest along with the growing number of choices for consumers to receive mental health information, it’s never been so important that sites maintain strong ethical standards and adhere to stringent privacy policies.

Psych Central has been consistently recognized as one of the top resources for mental health and psychology information online serving more than 600,000 visitors each month with more than 10,000 pages of content. Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, has a network of more than 320 affiliates nationwide that support the awareness and support of mental health issues.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet.

Psych Central does not provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.



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Grand River Launches New E-commerce Web Site for NSF International

Grand River Launches New E-commerce Web Site for NSF International

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) August 10, 2011

Grand River, a leading e-commerce developer, today announced the launch of a new online store for NSF International’s Health Sciences Division and Reference Standards product line. A global, 66-year old public health organization, NSF International protects human health and the environment by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (http://www.nsf.org).

A Magento Enterprise Partner, Grand River designed and developed the new online store using Magento’s Enterprise Edition 1.9. This leading open-source e-commerce platform delivers a scalable, cost-effective, online retail solution with rich features, functionality, and flexibility.

Utilizing its public health expertise and 25 years of pharmaceutical experience, NSF International now provides high quality reference standards for the pharmaceutical and related industries through the new e-commerce site. Pharmaceutical manufacturers worldwide use reference standards to demonstrate the identity, purity, quality and strength of their pharmaceutical products and ingredients. The new online store helps NSF International make affordable reference standards available to the global public health marketplace.

NSF Reference Standards for many commonly tested products are now available at http://www.nsf-rs.org. The NSF Reference Standards program will continue to add new products throughout the remainder of 2011 and 2012, eventually scaling to offer more than 300 different reference standards.

“Our goal is to be the global provider of choice for reference standards,” said Steven Lane, general manager of NSF International’s reference standard program which is a part of the Health Sciences Division. “The new online store is a natural extension of our mission to set the standard for the quality and purity of pharmaceutical products while offering competitive pricing. We chose Grand River because of their reputation as e-commerce experts and we knew they could design a site to support our global expectations.”

Functionality in the new web site includes content management, search engine optimization, a perpetual shopping cart, promotional marketing tools, customer service, analytics and reporting.

Grand River used their expertise in information architecture, creative design, interface development, integration and system architecture to develop the online store for NSF International. They will soon begin work on a complete redesign of NSF International’s corporate identity site.

“We’re pleased that an organization such as NSF International, with their global reputation for uncompromising quality, has placed their trust in us,” said Scott Robertson, partner and co-founder of Grand River. “The new e-commerce store provides an easy-to-use shopping experience for these complex products and the new corporate site will significantly enhance their brand recognition.”

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods to protect human health and the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF operates in more than 120 countries and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. NSF services include pharmaceutical, medical device and dietary supplement services through NSF Health Sciences; food safety audits, global food safety certification, foodservice equipment and bottled water certification through NSF Food Safety and Quality; drinking water products certification through NSF Water Systems; consumer product and toy testing; sustainability services through NSF Sustainability; management systems registrations through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR); and NSF Education and Training courses.

The NSF Health Sciences Division offers reference standards, certification, training, consulting, GMP and GLP testing, R&D and auditing for the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device industries. It includes NSF Reference Standards, NSF Dietary Supplement Certification, NSF Pharmalytica and NSF-DBA, and operates globally throughout North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

About Grand River

Grand River is an industry leading e-commerce design and development company, specializing in solutions for mid-market retailers and multichannel companies. The firm’s core expertise is in the leading open source e-commerce platforms, including Magento™ Enterprise. Clients include many of the Internet Retailer Top 500 firms in retail, healthcare, technology, telecom, and publishing. Founded in 2007, Grand River has offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. Call 734.913.8000 or visit http://www.thegrandriver.com to learn more.


Scott Robertson Tel: 734.913.8000 x224 email: srobertson(at)thegrandriver(dot)com

Judy Foster Tel: 734.913.8000 x222 email: jfoster(at)thegrandriver(dot)com

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Ottawa Has a New Site for Club, Concert and Nightlife Info

Ottawa Has a New Site for Club, Concert and Nightlife Info

(PRWEB) August 10, 2006

Partyblog.ca is a new website that will maintain the largest on-line listing of club, concert and nightlife information for Ottawa Ontario Canada.

In addition to the daily update of where to find the best clubs, bands, and special events, partyblog.ca has a staff of interesting writers who live life to the fullest in the nation’s capital and write about their adventures.

Webmaster Brent Colbert has run a successful political blog for the last two years and saw a need for a central repository of event listings for Ottawa. Running on WordPress, partyblog.ca is an interactive blog that permits visitors to add their own comments or event listings.

Partyblog.ca is launching in time for the new school year and will become the most trusted source for Ottawa’s party scene.


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Plastic Surgery Practice in Ottawa Unveils New Site

Plastic Surgery Practice in Ottawa Unveils New Site

Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) July 23, 2011

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Howard Silverman is pleased to announce the launch of his new Web site showcasing his medical practice, Ottawa Plastic Surgery (http://www.ottawaplasticsurgery.com). The new site provides information about the different procedures he offers. Among his specializations are body-contouring, facial sculpting, and breast enhancement, such as breast augmentation and implants in Ottawa.

“I am excited about this opportunity to provide current and potential patients with details about their many options for plastic surgery in Ottawa,” says Dr. Silverman. “For example, in addition to information about breast augmentation, I’ve created an FAQ that explains what is involved in that procedure, from incisions to implant placement.”

The streamlined Web site is divided into different sections by procedure category: Breast, Body, and Face. Included in each section is an overview of the applicable surgical procedures as well as downloadable pre- and post-operative instructions. For example, the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) section is designed to help patients prepare for the surgery. By reviewing the post-operation instructions in advance, they also can know what to expect after the procedure.

“Due to the increasing popularity of non-surgical treatments, I also have highlighted many of the medical spa services that I offer,” Dr. Silverman notes. “For example, my site includes no-downtime treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®. I also offer a variety of laser-assisted treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, as well as laser hair removal.”

Also featured on the Web site are details about Dr. Silverman’s extensive qualifications, including his educational training and professional experience. Profiles of key staff members, including his office nurse, are provided to help patients feel comfortable and at ease. Dr. Silverman’s site is designed to give potential patients a sense of the warmth and dedication to exceptional care they will find at his plastic surgery practice in Ottawa.

“I wanted my new Web site to be a reflection of my philosophy and my practice, and I’m very pleased with the way it turned out – it’s clean and professional, it’s informative, and it conveys our commitment to patient-focused care at its highest level,” adds Dr. Silverman. “At every visit, our patients receive timely, compassionate, and completely confidential attention, and that is reflected in this new site. I think it will provide an excellent resource for my current and new patients.”

Howard Silverman, M.D. (http://www.ottawaplasticsurgery.com) offers breast enhancement, body contouring, facial sculpting, and other types of plastic surgery in Ottawa. He also features medical spa treatments, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Silverman is a board-certified plastic surgeon and board-certified general surgeon whose training includes earning his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an Internship in Surgery at the Toronto Hospital, a Residency and Chief Residency in Surgery at Yale University, Connecticut, and a Residency and Chief Residency in Plastic Surgery at Albany Medical College, New York.

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