A year ago we posted about the development of the Crisis Text Line and how it’s a transformative tool for people to be able to text someone when they are in crisis. Since the Crisis Text Line’s inception, they have had 16,185,952 messages exchanged since August 1, 2013.
“That’s the volume, velocity and variety to provide a really juicy corpus.We can do things like predictive work.We can do all kinds of conclusions and learnings from that data set.So we can be better, and the world can be better.”
Furthermore, CrisisTrends.org has been launched to share ALL THIS DATA with us! Crisis Trends aims to empower journalists, researchers, and citizens to understand the crises Americans face so we can work together to prevent future crises from happening. From the TED talk:
“This data is also making the world betterbecause I’m sitting on the world’s first map of real-time crises.Think about it:those 6.5 million messages, auto-tagging through natural language processes,all of these data points —I can tell you that the worst day of the week for eating disorders: Monday.The worst time of day for substance abuse: 5am.And that Montana is a beautiful place to visitbut you do not want to live there,because it is the number one state for suicidal ideation.”
With this information, we can know when people are most affected by certain mental health issues, and we can create better interventions.
This past Saturday a few people from our team went to the NAMI Southwestern PA Annual Education Conference! We took the SOVA project with us! We had a table where we shared materials, talked about our project and made a lot of connections with other groups and individuals in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We hope that by spreading the word about our research study that we can get more youth and parents involved in developing this supportive online community!
At the conference we heard from many different speakers and panels about early onset psychosis, mental health and self care, and doing advocacy work! Be on the lookout over the next few weeks as we give you an update about what we learned!
Two weeks ago SOVA was excited and honored to share a little bit of our project during the Health 2.0 event titled “Behavioral Health and Disruptive Technology Innovations” organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Contemporary Craft. What a great opportunity! We were so lucky to be able to learn about other behavioral health technology innovations and able to meet and learn about a number of different agencies and individuals doing such amazing work in behavioral health right here in Pittsburgh.
This event was held around an exhibition currently on display at Contemporary Craft in the Pittsburgh Strip District called “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art”. This free (yes, free!) exhibition is a must-see for any local Allegheny county residents. From the website, the project describes this experience:
Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions through the inclusion of artworks made by artists who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness.
This exhibition will be on until March 12, 2016 at Contemporary Craft in the strip district of Pittsburgh (2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), and can be seen Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. But this is worth checking out sooner rather than later!
At SOVA we know stigma and isolation are just some of the barriers those with mental illness face to getting the treatment they deserve, and creativity is one great way to break down and explore these barriers and encourage self-expression. We immediately felt connected with this Mindful Project, as we also have a mission break down barriers of isolation and stigma through peer connections and factual mental health information on our moderated social media websites. We look forward to continuing to learn and grow from other innovative behavioral health innovations as well as creative projects such as Mindful.