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

Abstract

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.

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

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Peek, H.S., Richards, M., Muir, O. et al. Blogging and Social Media for Mental Health Education and Advocacy: a Review for Psychiatrists. Curr Psychiatry Rep 17, 88 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-015-0629-2

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Keywords

  • Internet
  • Social media
  • Blogging
  • Advocacy
  • Ethics
  • Professionalism