Mainstream mental health campaigns have significant shortcomings.
Our Recovery Journey Video is unique. It was made by and for people living with serious mental illness and their families. We made it to inspire the millions of people living with serious mental illness that recovery from serious mental illness is possible. More specifically, it is possible to live a full and meaningful life with serious mental illness. Our founder talks about her struggles, what inspired her recovery, and how to reach recovery – sharing insights and hope.
We also created the video to introduce the first free online peer support community dedicated to people living with or supporting someone with mental illness, ForLikeMinds. ForLikeMinds is an online community for people affected by mental illness to easily come together to realize the power of peer support.
ForLikeMinds emerged from Katherine’s recovery in 2016 after struggling with severe bipolar I disorder with psychosis for over 15 years. During much of this time, Katherine lived in near complete isolation and withdrawal due to long periods of suicidal depression, multiple relapses, and numerous hospitalizations. Prior to 2018, neither Katherine nor ForLikeMinds was previously known in any media, including social media form. We had a limited budget. We did not have the backing of celebrities. We did not have a well-known organization with name recognition or a built-in user base supporting us.
As we could not find any videos comparable to ours, we did not know how the video would be received. Our strategy was simple. We decided to distribute our video/campaign as a Sponsored Facebook Post, in addition to multiple grassroots efforts.
The video was shot in 6 hours, it cost $1,500 to produce, and $5,000 has been spent on advertising it.
At a grassroots level, we have also promoted the video through:
It is important to note that all promotion has been done exclusively by Katherine alone without any outside support and resources.
Our video has been extremely well received.
The video has been running as a Sponsored Facebook Post since September, 2018.
The results include:
Given the success of our Sponsored Facebook Video Ad, we also created a number of inspiring and encouraging static image Sponsored Facebook Posts. Our most popular “Mental Illness Strong” and “Mental Illness Warrior” images have reached over 300,000 people.
We have been deeply moved and touched by the feedback we have received and the hundreds of discussions our Sponsored Facebook Posts have sparked.
We continue to explore ways to authentically share our message of hope - Despite how deep, how long your struggle, you can get better, you can live a full and meaningful life of your own choosing. Our Recovery Journey Video has been the foundation for this approach and mission. It has required Katherine to open up publicly about her struggles, but she recognized the power of real-life example and sharing with her peers.
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