Hundreds of Scots share their personal experiences of mental health and illness on camera to give hope and encouragement to others.
Glasgow based software company Frog Systems has today – National Mental Health Day – announced that its Champions Cinema, a specialist mental health and wellbeing digital platform, has reached the 1,000 video milestone.
Jaz’s story of his dependence on alcohol and drugs following the death of his father became the 1,000th video to be added. The Champions Cinema captures the power of the lived experience to communicate messages of hope and encouragement through video.
The platform which aims to provide help and support at the point of need, hosts professionally curated videos of real people telling real stories in no more than 60 seconds. People of all ages and backgrounds cover a wide range of health-related topics from addiction, suicide, homelessness, depression, child abuse, HIV, through to loss of sight by sharing their personal experiences.
Phil Worms, CEO, Frog Systems said: “For those struggling with life it can be hard to find positive stories from people who have survived. It’s estimated that by 2021, 80% of all internet traffic will be video and yet it is a vital communications channel often overlooked by health and wellbeing service providers. When we see and hear people tell stories we become personally engaged in the content in a way that is just not possible with printed or written information. By keeping the length of each video to less than a minute, the impact is immediate, and the message is both powerful and relatable.”
Worms adds:” Mental and physical illness does not discriminate. Each and every one of us is touched by it at some point in our lives. But for many of us, believing that we are not alone and finding the support that we need can be difficult, which is why we envisaged the Champions Cinema. As well as featuring individuals we also spotlight the work of some of the amazing support organisations operating across Scotland. We have been humbled by the number of people who have willingly come forward to share their stories in the belief that they might help others facing their own personal challenges.”
Frog’s platform offers a very different user experience to the more traditional health directory ‘signposting’ type websites – of which there are many – as it associates both the video’s subject matter with the display of appropriate local support information within the same page. YouTube for example is full of unstructured videos which focus on worst moments or provides unrelated or inappropriate additional content without offering tangible support.
Worms stated: “Every story told is both unique and brutally honest, and in many cases makes for difficult viewing, but each one is a testament to the power of the human spirit and demonstrates that with the right support there is always hope.”
“We wish to make the Champions Cinema the biggest online mental health and wellbeing resource of its type and would be delighted to hear from any individual or organisation who might like to become involved. The content presented on our platform can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of any organisation with a responsibility for the health and wellbeing of people within its care.”