Background & Problem Statement
If we search for “mental health” on Google, we get more than 2 billions results. These astronomical figures represents a strong interest and serious concern on this issue. In actuality, mental health problems have become more common in the United States. For instance, according to one of surveys conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH), an estimated 45.9 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had a mental illness in 2009. This means that one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue.
Our project aim was to create a social community to provide emotional support to UofM students who are coping with non-clinical mental health issues. The mental health issues we were most concerned with were anxiety and depression that are triggered by an academic environment.
The community we were most concerned with were international students because they experience additional cultural barriers when seeking care or support. We targeted the user group, UofM students who needed help with mental health issues, but were not able to seek clinical help.