TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa-based company is helping change the way people think for the better. The creator of "Cope Notes" said he wanted to find a way to reach those suffering from depression and other mental health issues. 

The idea seems really simple — a daily positive benign message delivered by test that can over time change your outlook and how you view the world. But for Ryan Turley, it was literally a life saver. 

The 29-year-old Pennsylvania native spoke about a dark time in his life when he was suicidal. 

"I just needed to talk to somebody, just to feel normal and okay again," Turley said. 

He later met Johnny Crowder, the founder of Cope Notes, who's inspiring life-affirming messages pulled Turley back from the brink. 

"It's going to naturally cause your brain to think, "Oh hey, you know, I'm going to be positive about this, and over time, it really does change how you think about things," Crowder said. 

Crowder created the subscription based website, which has been running for two years, after suffering with emotional issues and thoughts of suicide. 

The site interacts with its users, sending personalized messages every day at various times. It also allows users to respond with their thoughts and feelings at any given time. 

"I wanted to create a resource for people who right now are experiencing self stigma and may not consider going to therapy or taking medication but could benefit from a mental health resource," Crowder explained. 

Currently, there are nearly 12,000 people worldwide who are connected to Cope Notes, relying on the messages to help them deal with their own emotional and mental health struggles. 

The site also has a resource to connect people to therapists for traditional treatment, as Crowder insists Cope Notes is not designed as a substitute for traditional mental health treatment. 

"Therapy and medication saved my life, so I have no interest in trying to replace any of it," Crowder said. 

He hopes Cope Notes acts as a welcome service for those who are in crisis and are seeking to get the treatment they need.