Scroll to top
Tag: social media

Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

Full Article:

Article Source: DoDLive


Dartmouth Study Uses Peer Support, Mobile Technology, and Social Media to Improve Fitness in Young Adults w SMI

Article Excerpt: A new Geisel School of Medicine study aims to stem the prevalence of obesity among young adults with serious mental illness through peer support, mobile technology, and popular social media.

Full Article:

Article Source: Geisel NewsCenter


Can social media help prevent opioid abuse?

Article Excerpt: Can a social media strategy that has helped gay men combat HIV now help curb the abuse of powerful opioid drugs? That’s the question a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is asking in a pilot study highlighted by White House officials last week.

Full Article:

Article Source: ScienceMag


Would You Tell The World You Have Schizophrenia On YouTube?

Article Excerpt: When she was 22, Rachel Star Withers uploaded a video to YouTube called “Normal: Living With Schizophrenia.” It starts with her striding across her family’s property in Fort Mill, S.C. She looks across the rolling grounds, unsmiling. Her eyes are narrow and grim.

Full Article:

Article Source: NPR


Using Facebook to recruit young adult veterans: Online mental health research

Pedersen ER, Helmuth ED, Marshall GN, Schell TL, PunKay M, Kurz J. (2015). Using Facebook to recruit young adult veterans: Online mental health research. JMIR Research Protocols, 4(2), e63. PMID: 26033209.

Despite the high rates of mental health problems among young veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and New Dawn (OND), few young veterans seek treatment from the Veterans Administration. Consequently, few studies of interventions for mental health problems enroll young veterans. This study examined the feasibility of using Facebook to recruit young OEF/OIF/OND veterans for research. The authors posted advertisements on Facebook with a short description of the study and a link to a mental health survey. The Facebook advertisements ran for 24 days. During that time, 1.58 million Facebook users saw the advertisement and 16,658 unique individuals clicked on the link to the survey. Only 1,023 of those individuals were validated as veterans. Of those veterans, 79% completed the majority of the survey. The researchers compared the demographics of their sample to the demographics of the entire U.S. OEF/OIF/OND veteran population. Compare to the entire population of OED/OIF/OND veterans, the sample recruited online contained a higher percentage of Hispanic/Latino veterans, and veterans in the Army or Marines. Based on survey results, between 20% and 50% of the veterans met criteria for depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Less than one-third had received treatment during the past year. Results support the feasibility of recruiting young veterans from Facebook for research studies.


Social Media Is Changing How College Students Deal With Mental Health, For Better Or Worse

Article Excerpt: College students today are more detached from their peers than ever before. Research shows they’re less likely to have tangible relationships; enter college having spent less time socializing as teens; are more likely to be heavily medicated; and feel a greater pressure to be academically and socially successful than in the past.

Full Article:

Article Source: The Huffington Post


Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention?

Article Excerpt:  An internationally known suicide prevention researcher visited the Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday to share her work on how social media can be used to prevent suicide, offering insight into alternative avenues for addressing teen mental health concerns.

Full Article:

Article Source: Palo Alto Online