With great online presence comes great responsibility. That's why organizations are working to create spaces online that promote positivity, raise awareness for mental health and offer support or resources for those who need them. We've gathered some recent campaigns that organizations and individuals have put together to wield the power of social media for positive change.
One of the most essential things we can do to reduce the stigma around mental health is to talk about it. But when discussing mental health publicly, such as on social media or in a blog post, how you discuss it can either be helpful or hurtful to your audience. This distinction is never more crucial than when discussing suicide.
It can be scary to open up about mental health, particularly if you’ve been struggling with it for a long time. But doing so will allow the people in your life who love and care about you to be supportive and help. It will also give you the liberation of no longer living in fear of someone finding out about your struggle.
Even when it comes to taking care of your mental health, it turns out; there’s an app for that. Developers have created a plethora of apps that can help you deal with stress, manage your symptoms, reframe your perspective and help you live a happier, mentally healthier life.
This summer, people have been discussing mental health with each other thanks to several shows, movies, and even a musical, that follow characters’ struggles with mental health disorders. While most mental health professionals are glad these shows are prompting conversations, many worry that the messages audiences take away will be more hurtful than helpful.
Social media has become such a big part of our lives; we sometimes don’t even realize how much time we spend scrolling through our feeds. It’s the last thing many of us look at before we go to bed and the first thing we check when we wake up – but does interacting with social media hurt our mental health?