Psych Central Captures an Aesculapius Award of Excellence and 5 of the Top 10 Depression Influencers OnlineSharecare, a website that launched just two months ago, released its “Top 10 Online Influencers in Depression” last week. Of the 10 people named, half of them are Psych Central contributors or bloggers. No other organization online came anywhere close. We’re very honored and proud to have so many amazing people working for us here, and we’re flattered their tireless work in the name of mental health and depression is recognized.

Here are the 5 amazing Psych Central contributors honored on the list:

We’re also pleased to announce that we were a winner this year of an Award of Excellence for health-related websites in the Aesculapius Awards of Excellence. We’re in good company with the likes of Autism Speaks and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health as fellow award recipients.

What an amazing year 2011 has been for Psych Central. As a site we’ve built from the ground-up to service the needs of people from around the world who have questions about mental health, psychotherapy, treatment and psychology, we continue to reach more than 2 million people each month (making us, by far, the largest mental health network in the world today). We hope to get that up to 3 million/month in 2012, and with your help in spreading the word, I see no reason why we can’t attain that goal!

The Aesculapius Awards for websites have been around since 1997, and are an extension of the Health Improvement Institute’s efforts that began in 1991 to acknowledge excellence in health communications.

“People need reliable information about lifestyle and health care choices presented in an appealing way. The Aesculapius Award is designed to promote and encourage excellence in the communication of good health information about healthy lifestyles, illness and injury prevention, medical care/research, family and social
concerns relating to health, and health care treatments,” said Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute.

“We are delighted by the wide variety of organizations that chose to submit entries this year. This year’s awards continue the very high standard of creativity and quality that we have seen since the awards began. More entries than ever merited an Award of Excellence. We congratulate the winners.”

A panel of judges, representing the health care, web publishing, and multimedia fields, evaluated entries. The annual award is named for the ancient Greek god of healing, Aesculapius. This award was established by the Health Improvement Institute to promote informed consumer lifestyle choices and health care decisions.

Sharecare is a website created by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios (Oprah’s company), Discovery Communications and others. In a nutshell, it appears to be a doctor Q&A site, similar to,,, and others. While we love the idea of the website, we’re disappointed to see not a single mental health professional on their advisory board (at least not yet — maybe we can help change that!).

It’s both an honor and a privilege to receive these distinctions, and to have so many wonderful, skilled people working with us to help spread objective information about mental health concerns and psychology information. I want to thank both Sharecare and the Health Improvement Institute for their recognition.