A virtual hug

By | Health & Wellness
Social media aims to support mental health. Credit@offtherecordmessaging.com

With the up rise of social media, individuals may be able to communicate with people across the world in seconds rather than waiting for a letter to make its way over. Now within a hundred and forty characters on Twitter it may be possible for individuals to voice their opinions to a wide audience. As time goes on individuals have begun to upload discussion videos on YouTube about topics which may have seen as taboo in the time before computers showing social media has caused progress in mental health. Though-provoking suggestions may have brought up the subject of mental health. Almost every social media platform – Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and more – in certain areas of the internet may be discussing this important message.

YouTube seems to have spiralled into being a major part of social media and might potentially become as big as TV shows. Now there are YouTubers who may have such large followings where they have created events like Summer in the City which is known for having queues and people have to rush to book certain aspects inside of the event. A multitude of YouTubers seem to be starting a discussion about their own mental health stories. YouTube star Louise, known as Sprinkle of Glitter, has opened up about how she is seeing a counsellor. Furthermore, another YouTube star Dodie, known as Doddleoddle, has also uploaded videos about how she is coping with her mental health. This may be able to open the eyes of those who may have been unaware of these types of mental health and has supported those also coping with it to show they are together on social media.

Another platform on social media which may have helped start a further discussion on mental health is Tumblr. This site offers motivational quotes and pictures to support individuals who use or need to use the mental health services. With quotes such as “friendly reminder that the most important person in your life is you” on Tumblr the website may be able to take a productive approach to the topic. This site aims to inject the incentive which an individual may need to realise they may improve.

Individuals have been able to meet new friends via online. Sixty-two per cent of people say they have shared online usernames with a new friend to stay in touch with them. Yet this might help spread further awareness and support for mental health around. For example, it may be possible for an individual to meet another person on a social media platform, such as Twitter, who they may eventually support and help each other when they may need to cope with their mental health.

Beyond social media, the internet itself maintains to offer a wide range of websites where individuals are able to find infinite streams of information about mental health which individuals may be unaware of at this moment. Some websites include child line, mind and rethink. These websites aim to offer material about mental health. It may be possible for social media to make an impact on society’s awareness of the spectrum of mental health which may affect anybody. It may also be possible for social media platforms to act like a trampoline in benefiting society’s mental health in general by discussing it as much as it does.

There are further online sites which may help and support individuals coping with their mental health such as 7cups.com; there they aim to offer complimentary therapy and counselling. Additionally, it may also be possible to talk to someone on the website imalive.org. There are also sites such as Mind and NHS mental health.

How has social media further benefited society’s mental health in general?

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