AOL co-founder launches mental health web site

Internet entrepreneur Steve Case has launched a new web site to help college students deal with being apart from their families and handle depression, a Reuters report said.

The Reuters report said Case, who co-founded AOL, added a section to health web site RevolutionHealth.com called 'College Health Center' that provides information on mental and sexual health, relationships, healthy lifestyle choices and personal safety.

He said increasing attention was being paid to the mental health of students following the Virginia Tech University shooting in April when student Seung-Hui Cho gunned down 32 people then killed himself in the worst mass shooting in modern US history, the report said.

Case said the site aimed to help college students deal with everything from depression on arriving on campus to filling the gap left without their usual social support systems, the reoprt said.

Case said the web often is the first stop for most information-seeking young adults as well as increasingly becoming a starting place for people with health questions, it added.

The site is kicking off the back-to-school season with an online mental health fair, partnering with 11 national nonprofit groups focused on issues such as anxiety, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the report further said.

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