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StrengthofUs is an online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing. We believe every young adult deserves to feel hopeful, supported and encouraged to love who they are.

StrengthofUs is a user-generated and user-driven community; so basically it's whatever you make it. Everything here has been developed and created by and for young adults with you specifically in mind. We hope every time you visit, you find hope, encouragement and support.

Create a free account and log in to the site to see content available to logged-in users only, including stuff posted by other young adult users. Registered users are able to connect with others on the site, share their own content, write and respond to blogs, comment on content, access "The Wire," join and engage in discussion groups and share videos, photos and other news.

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

 

The Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation

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StrengthofUs was developed in loving memory of Roddy Dart. NAMI greatly appreciates the generous support of the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation for this project. Without the Foundation's vision and support, StrengthofUs would not have been possible. More information about Roddy and the Foundation's valuable work is included below.

In 1997 the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation was set up in memory of Roddy Dart, who tragically died of a traumatic brain injury while celebrating his twenty-second birthday in Aspen, Colorado. Roddy battled bipolar illness for much of his short adult life. Much of the time, he was fun, enthusiastic, charming and generous. Other times, he had his demons. A voracious reader with a curious mind, he loved writing and painting as well as socializing and keeping up with his friends on both sides of the Atlantic. 

His demise, the morning after celebrating his 22nd birthday in Colorado, prompted outpourings of love and support from family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic. Thus the idea was formed to establish a memorial foundation in his name. In the early 1990’s there existed little awareness and understanding of teenage depression. The Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation was established to fund programs devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of teenage depression and bipolar disorder, while reducing the stigma surrounding these illnesses.