Social is helping us talk mental health

“Now that I’ve created my new blog, what do I talk about? How do I narrow it down?”

These were the thoughts I had before a Google Alert popped into my inbox and made the choice easier. It actually highlights exactly why I started this blog in fact. Fate or what?

After reading this piece by I:D US about how social media is changing the way we talk about mental health, I realised that’s what me and so many others are doing. We’re all finding ways of coping with our mental health by using or doing whatever is accessible to us. And social media for so many works.

“77% said of young people say it’s easier to find personal stories and advice online than in-person.” – ID:US

It’s really incredible that so many of us who worry about starting these blogs in the first place, do so anyway. Mental strength prevails. We worry in case anyone judges us, doesn’t like what we’re saying, or even worse, doesn’t bother reading it. There’s been a lot to say that social media has had a negative effect on people too. Making people less sociable (the irony), low self esteem and confidence if no one likes or comments on their photos, are a few examples.

(The anxious part of my brain is worrying now that what I’m saying won’t make sense… And so the fight continues)

The key stats I picked out from the ID:US piece (featuring a survey carried out by the Born This Way Foundation) were:

  • 84% of people said social media let them speak to people who were facing similar challenges
  • 70% of those asked said they used the internet to message professionals who could offer support
  • Creating friendships and a support network online is really important

So, what we learn from this?

Making connections is really important. Whether you do it in person or via the internet. The purpose of so many mental health blogs written by those experiencing it are to help raise awareness. It’s also to let those who are suffering know they’re not alone. If my blog can encourage someone to reach out, find out more information or make a new friend, I’m happy about that.

Stay positive 🙂

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