Current Psychiatry Reports

, 17:88 | Cite as

Blogging and Social Media for Mental Health Education and Advocacy: a Review for Psychiatrists

  • Holly S. PeekEmail author
  • Misty Richards
  • Owen Muir
  • Steven Richard Chan
  • Michael Caton
  • Carlene MacMillan
Psychiatry in the Digital Age (JS Luo, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Psychiatry in the Digital Age


We live in a digital age where information can be found instantaneously via the Internet. Studies have shown that consumers search for much of their medical information on the Internet, particularly utilizing blogs and social media platforms. As the mental health field is riddled with misinformation and stigma, this offers a unique opportunity for psychiatrists and mental health professionals to reach a broad audience for mental health education and advocacy. In this review, we discuss the various methods and techniques for blogging and social media. We then review the current recommendations for ethics and professionalism as well as make recommendations to strengthen our guidance in this new and evolving field.


Internet Social media Blogging Advocacy Ethics Professionalism 


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Conflict of Interest

Holly S. Peek, Misty Richards, Owen Muir, Michael Caton, and Carlene MacMillan declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Steven Richard Chan reports personal fees from iMedicalApps.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly S. Peek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Misty Richards
    • 2
  • Owen Muir
    • 3
  • Steven Richard Chan
    • 4
  • Michael Caton
    • 4
  • Carlene MacMillan
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.NYU School of Medicine and Hofstra-North Shore/LIJ School of MedicineBrooklynUSA
  4. 4.School of Medicine, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California, DavisSacramentoUSA
  5. 5.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Study CenterNYU Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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