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Mental health for a lot of people can feel lonely and a never-ending battle. Having a community or a tribe of people that can support you and make you feel “normal” is a rare feeling and should be a common one. Mental health is a growing concern in recent years with many expressing their stories and diagnoses more and more.
Through social media, people from all over the world are connecting with people from different cities and countries over the common battle that is mental health. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, bipolar or something more severe, social media has done one thing correctly and that provides people with a platform and space to chat, support and relate to others with the same mental health challenges.
Social media platforms like Tumblr and Facebook for instance have pages and groups that not only combat the stigma of mental health but give people a space to support and communicate with one another their mental health struggles and stories.
Tumblr more specifically, has blog pages with information and links with tips, videos and other useful information to link people with not just other pages but vital information, services and a wide array of mental health strategies to keep people who struggle with mental health encouraged and motivated to keep going.
In addition, there is usually a trending topic/hashtag related to mental health on Tumblr. Pages such as @onlinecounseling, @thepaintedbrain, @psychfacts are just a few of the pages that if you haven’t already, you need to be following. But these two sites are just a few of the social media handles that are out there fighting the mental health fight.
YouTube is another social media outlet that booming with mental health videos and topics related to mental health that has definitely added to the connecting of different people across the globe and has kept the conversation going. Channels such as School of Life and Psychtogo regularly post videos pertaining to topics of mental health and other things related to that (i.e. relationships), that again you should be following. YouTube again, is another one of those platforms that connect people but more importantly, give people a platform to discuss/share their mental health stories and add to the growing number of faces of mental health, to show the world that this isn’t another trend but real life.
I commend social media for allowing people to share their stories and combat the stigma of mental health. Not only are the numbers growing, but there is a benefit to this phenomenon. In my opinion, this will hopefully begin to cause society to become more empathetic and nurturing toward one other. This should also eliminate any biases we may have about someone and begin to change the dynamic of conversations to asking more questions instead of making snap judgments. Everyone is going through something and has a story to tell, so more than anything we need to abandon the script that says “I’m okay, your not okay” to one that says “I’m not okay until everyone is okay.”