Although having a social media account may be free if you add the time and the cost of hiring someone, it really is not. Agencies with finite budgets and resources might wonder how adding social media marketing to your list of priorities can be worthwhile.
Social media is an increasingly popular outlet for discussions around mental health, allowing people to share personal experiences, and anonymous self-disclosures, give or receive advice from others with similar mental health conditions, and build their own circle of support.
There are more than 18 billion views under the mental health hashtag on TikTok, ranging from users sharing their personal experiences with mental illness to providing tips on how to cope with its effects.
With 59% of the world’s population on social media, this can make it an important tool to reach individuals from all backgrounds.
Communicate directly with an audience otherwise unreachable.
Take the nation’s youth, for example. Technology is likely to be an effective way to deliver culturally-tailored interventions to youth.
Consider these stats:
- 59.8% of youth with major depression did not receive any mental health treatment.
- 43.7 million Americans experienced some form of mental health issue in 2016 alone.
- According to NIMH: in the United States. That’s now (52.9 million in 2020). Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness
- 90% of people ages 18-29 use social media.
- According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 90 percent of U.S. teens ages 13–17 use or have used social media.
- Latinx teens have higher rates of depression and persistent sadness than their peers and are less likely to receive mental health support.
Open up and enable peer-to-peer networks, unrestrained by geography and national borders
Many people have smartphones, even if they don’t have computers, and younger people especially are active on social media.
Despite many health experts calling it a second pandemic; during a pandemic, social media also became the only way to stay in touch outside the home. Although not a crutch to actual social interaction, this “virtual lifeline” kept doors open to local events and new social connections in the real world.
Form new pathways of communication, where peers can safely share, inform, and support other peers
~ Diane Neal, Information and Media Studies professor, University of Western Ontario 
The ability to maintain anonymity has proven to be highly beneficial for people who are feeling stigmatized and afraid to openly identify as peers with lived experience. The same cloak of anonymity gives them the ability to say what’s on their mind free of fear; for fear of being shamed.
Grow brand awareness outside “Google”
Nowadays everything is found on Google, right? Not exactly. Not anymore.
According to a recent Forbes article, TikTok has surpassed Google as the most visited site in the world,
Let’s start with the obvious: People are likelier to believe their friends, friends of friends, peers, or family members over an ad. 
If you are an ad trying to stand out, the marketer is already at a disadvantage.
Also, whether you use social media or not, it will affect you, both for good and for bad.
If you are not active on social media, you won’t be able to detect and respond to any negative reviews or mentions people might make about you. People may be posting reviews and mentioning your brand, whether you are aware of it or not.
If the blog you wrote is getting shared by other people on Facebook, it sends “social signals” to search engines. These “social signals” are “felt” by search engines, which rank you accordingly.
Social signals (they are called) will boost your ranking on Google, Bing, and other search engines. You can link posts to your website, blogs, and other content, increasing the visibility of your brand online.
Ultimately, it’s the people the brand represents, not the brand
Consumers are 71% more likely to purchase based on social media referrals. 
This is your opportunity to share personal stories with actual people, whether as staff or clients. That may serve as an inspiration for other people on a similar Journey. Your social media feed can become a repository of useful information and testimonials of successes.
Posting pictures, videos, quotes, and/or fun facts about your staff can put users at ease. 
Your agency’s social media feed can be a “fountain” of inspiration, helpful tips, and a source for connections with local events and new contacts.
You can cut through all the negativity on social media
Do you ever go on Facebook or Instagram looking for inspiration or useful information? You could be the source of that, and here are some ways to build a groundswell of trust with your audience.
- Sometimes people need simple reminders to take care of themselves, especially when they’ve been scrolling on social media all day.
- Counter misinformation and stigmatizing media portrayals of mental illness.
- Connect with new potential clients
- Maintain relationships with current clients
- Provide your audiences with encouragement and inspiration through your posts
- Post content you know your existing clients will find helpful. You can post things like tips on self-care, or mental health advice for everyday situations anyone might encounter.
An engaging social media presence means you can be the counter-narrative for countless people seeking help, hope, counsel, or support. Even if the difference is made for a handful or few people, it will be for them, and they might end up as your clients.
One of the most underestimated features of social media is the power of direct messages.
Opening up your channels for direct messages to users looking for help offers additional options for people reluctant to use hotlines or make a phone call.
Social media can advance health equity
In the world of public health, social media is now considered an important way to reach target audiences, either to deliver health promotion messages directly to those we serve or to drive viewers to websites and other resources for more information.
Social media can be an important tool to reach individuals with low socioeconomic status characteristics with health resources and tips.