More than 40% of Americans suffer from chronic incurable illnesses and most of the time people do not seek counseling to help deal with their struggles. This lack of help has an impact because not only is the person dealing with the illness unable to properly cope but the family as well. Which can result in various problems including trauma being passed down through generations. Mentally aims to help people with mental and physical health problems by providing a safe and healthy community with additional resources that aid recovery and development of coping strategies. Oftentimes, it takes hours of scouring the internet to find the most accommodating form of media for your personal needs but mentally, you can find all you need in one place.
Isabella Schell, co-founder: 3 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Scleroderma. This is a disease that hardens your organs, starting with the skin, and is currently incurable. I have spent countless hours with my family searching for, not only treatments but for home remedies that could help me and my family cope with the awful effects that this disease has had on my mother.
I wanted to create Mentally to help families like myself have as many resources and as much support as possible with any disease or illness and I hope to one day be able to raise money to go toward creating treatments for incurable diseases like scleroderma.
Julia Walker, co-founder: In middle school, I started struggling with mental health issues, and due to a lack of awareness of how mental health is communicated with others, I wasn't able to properly understand what I was feeling and how to cope with it. It took me a couple of years to understand what I was feeling and once I did I was able to reach out for help. I believe that it would help others if they had access to mental health resources at an early age. In addition to struggling with mental health, one of my close family members died from chronic illness, which added to my mental struggles and since I couldn't understand my emotions, it was a very difficult time in my life. If family members and people struggling with physical and mental health illnesses communicate more and have easier access to resources that help cope with physical illness, then perhaps it would decrease the struggle that everyone goes through when dealing with a chronic illness.
What it does
How we built it
Initially, we brainstormed our overall concept and what we wanted to focus on specifically, this took us a couple of hours to make sure everything is properly communicated. Then we constructed wireframes for each page to ensure, and finally, we coded it peer-reviewed each other's work on glitch.
Challenges we ran into
We had a bit of trouble coding the carousel and understanding how it worked. We also had difficulties with our footer and being able to match the CSS with each page, however, we were able to overcome these challenges through the use of teamwork.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of being able to work together effectively as a team and be able to communicate fluidly and that we were able to create a website that is user-friendly while being useful for those who need it.
What we learned
We learned the importance of communication and we were able to understand more why resources should be provided for those who struggle with mental and physical health.
What's next for Mentally
We plan to expand our organization to other areas, we have initially started our organization in new york however we want our community to be able to reach everyone in the united states. Because physical and mental health problems are different for everyone, the different groups in different states will provide a more personal experience for the person struggling. We also plan to involve volunteers who care about the cause, which would help spread the word and incite more conversations about mental and physical health.