Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne4
ReachOut.com – Help when you need it
Excuse me while I briefly go wide of the Pop Culture mark for a moment and mention a new online resource that I feel deserves a lot of attention.
Last Thursday, myself and few other Culchies went along to the launch of ReachOut.com, a site for young people which ultimately aims to make it acceptable and normal to ask for help. It is a web based community, a place where young people can find support, talk to their peers about their problems in a monitored forum and seek the right information they’ll need to get help. The launch video explains in better:
There is undoubtedly a need for this in Ireland at the moment. Sometimes it’s very hard to ask for help. Sometimes the easy route is to paste on a brave face and push through the pain. ReachOut encourages young people to talk about their problems and seek guidance.
The site is primarily aimed at 16 to 25 year olds and provides:
- Practical information and stories about mental health and well-being
- The ability to connect with others in a safe and supported community
- Options to get further help
On a personal note, I wish there had been such a wealth of information and support as ReachOut.com hopes to provide when I was in school, dealing with a lot of crap without any idea where to turn. The site is non-judgmental and peer-based. Please check out ReachOut.com for further information. Add them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to help spread the word.