The COPE Now Project

The COPE Now Project is an online, on demand peer support system for young people 15-25 suffering from mental health issues, available 24/7!

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

June 16, 2000

Help us stay in touch!

You can reach the project at 407.752.0582! Pennsylvania: Blandon 19510

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

Our website is Thecopenowproject.weebly.com Our Twitter account uses the handle @TheCopeNowProject, our Facebook uses the handle @CopeNowProject

Date You Started Your Project Started

8/22/19

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

With all of the research being done into mental health, and subsequent realization that teenage depression rates are rising (https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/teen-depression-study/), teens and young adults need help now more than ever. When I reach out to the hotlines, I am told to seek peer support. However, even if it is available, it won't be everywhere at any time, and certainly not from a younger perspective.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Combining my personal experience and research, I founded The COPE Now Project, an online, on-demand peer support system for young people suffering from mental illness. Users submit their own coping strategies - via our podcast, a written submission, or video, and then other users can hear of these strategies through the aforementioned mediums. As a give and take system, it’s designed that anyone can contribute, and anyone can get support. Being online, it is accessible anywhere, at anytime. This will fill in a very important gap in our current peer support system. From experience, when we are supported, our symptoms reduce to a point where they are manageable, in conjunction with therapy. This includes suicidal thoughts. In consequence, this can indirectly save many lives. As a community based platform, there are no costs. I built the website and use a free RSS service to host the podcast. Submissions are non-compensated, nor do they require licensing of any sort, making the platform both free and fully sustainable! This follows federal research stating online interaction is beneficial for those suffering https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4830464/)

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

I was raped in September of 2018, which added PTSD on top of my pre-existing Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety. Long story short, I felt suicidal and had to be hospitalized, and have spent the last year recovering from everything. I call hotlines often, and have a therapist - both of which always tell me to seek peer support, however it is rarely available in my area and certainly not available all of the time. There has to be a better way, and I looked for it, but nothing else exists to help someone 24/7, free of cost. I was hoping to find an online platform for young mentally ill people seeking peer support, but one didn’t exist. I decided rather than find a way for myself to get peer support only, that I would volunteer my time and talents to build a platform for others. I don’t even live in the middle of nowhere, I couldn’t imagine what it’s like for someone who does :(

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

There are lots of things that happen when you get involved! For one, you get have the opportunity to get support from someone who suffers from the same conditions you do. You get to hear how they cope, and the difference it makes in their life. By doing so, you have new ideas on strategies to apply to your own life in order to feel better. There are already some strategies posted! We’ve started tackling the issue of social anxiety. Then, you get the opportunity to give back. Personally, I always feel better when I help someone, and users have the opportunity to do the same. It has even inspired my friend Brooke to become a part of the project, and she now helps me with logistics and wants to consistently guest host our podcast. She already has been on an episode!

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

The biggest X Factor is our 24/7 availability, our nationwide (and worldwide) reach potential, and our broader focus into teenage and young adult’s mental health. No other platform has all three. For example: The Mighty serves people 24/7 dealing with all issues, physical and mental and of all ages, but is too general for someone suffering with mental health issues. The Trevor Project is available 24/7, but only serves LGBT Youth/Young Adults. My local peer support entity, Service Access Management, only serves my county, and I have to schedule time with my peer supporter.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

My friend, Elijah suffers from Bipolar Disorder. When I told him about the project, and its potential impact, he was so excited that he made a submission of his own, which is posted right now. Later on I asked him if he still felt the same, and he said “The Cope Now Project is such a a beneficial project in the works. It's such a cool and interesting way of reaching a wide audience of people. When you need to cope it's hard to always find something that works right away or something that works for you in certain situations , but with cope now it's a resource that helps you with exactly that. Available 24 hours a day it's a resource that just keeps on giving.”

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We are looking to expand the reach of the project through some organic marketing campaigns, in the hopes of helping out more people and scaling the project!

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 50%

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No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Amazing project! Is it accessible for immigrants too? My writers would love to use this as a mental health resource.

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Thank you! In short, yes! We just need to also keep safety in mind.

The goal is for it to be accessible for everyone - our only concern is to make sure that we are able to effectively moderate submissions to make sure they are not harmful in nature. This means we would need a team member fully fluent in the specific language you have in mind, so that we know what is being said and can determine if it meets our guidelines.

You can reach us the fastest at thecopenowproject@gmail.com!