June 8, 2006
NAMI and The HealthCentral Network Announce Partnership to Develop Online Resources
Webcast of NAMI Convention Planned, June 28-July 2, 2006
Arlington, VA- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and The HealthCentral Network (www.TheHealthCentralNetwork.com), a ChoiceMedia company, have formed a partnership to create new Internet content and services for individuals seeking information on mental illnesses and support for recovery.
"NAMI continually seeks new ways to raise the visibility of our unique education programs," said Michael J. Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director. "Our partnership with HealthCentral offers access to millions of health care consumers and families who may be affected by mental illness. Early intervention for people experiencing symptoms, and practical education and coping skills, are critical for illness management and recovery."
"Given The HealthCentral Network’s focus on the power of peer-to-peer connection, NAMI is a natural partner for us," said
As part of the partnership’s inauguration, The HealthCentral Network will provide video coverage of highlights of NAMI’s annual national convention, June 28-July 2, 2006 in
Initial collaboration also will include exchange of content, reflecting the personal experiences of people living with mental illnesses and NAMI’s advocacy of cost-effective, recovery-oriented treatment and services.
Through new tools such as customizable Web sites to keep extended families up-to-date, and expert advice from persons who have actually lived with an illness, The HealthCentral Network hopes to provide connections to help overcome the isolation and stigma that often characterizes mental illnesses.
About The HealthCentral Network
The HealthCentral Network (www.TheHealthCentralNetwork.com) has over 30 general health and highly specific condition and wellness web properties, each
Founded in the late 1990s as ChoiceMedia, Inc, the company has recently been acquired by a team of blue-chip investors including Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group and Allen and Company. With a management team that combines decades of experience in interactive media and medical, science and news journalism, The HealthCentral Network aims for the highest standards of quality, relevance and
About the National
on Mental Illness Alliance
With more than 1100 state and local affiliates, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illnesses, and their families. Its mission is served through research, education, support and advocacy.