12 ways to fight the stigma of mental illness and addiction using social media

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The last two issues of CrossCurrents focused on the Internet in clinical care and stigma and discrimination by health care providers. This blog post I stumbled across nicely ties in to topics we addressed in those two issues. It provides practical tips -- from simple to more involved -- for how you can use the Internet to fight stigma and discrimination around mental illness and addiction "one post and tweet at a time" -- both within the health care sector and beyond.

1. Click on a factually correct, non-stigmatizing mental health article or personal story via a blog post, tweet, podcast, YouTube video, Facebook update, web forum, etc. The resulting traffic to the site will encourage the creator to continue creating stigma-busting content.

2. Actually read/listen/watch non-stigmatizing content. Assuming the content is helpful or interesting, do one or more of the following:

3. Vote on it or rate it.

4. Socially bookmark it in sites like Stumbleupon, Delicious, etc.

5. Submit it to sites like Digg, Yahoo Buzz, Reddit, Mixx, Propeller, etc.

6. Forward the content to others, either without a comment, or with a personal comment by e-mail, Twitter, on Facebook, Friendfeed, etc.

7. Comment on the original article, post, video, etc., in one of the following ways, depending on your comfort level: anonymously, with your first name, with your full name, with your full name and the name of your blog/website/Twitter account, etc.

8. Respond to the original content by a blog post, tweet, or video on your blog or social media account.

9. Respond to someone stigmatizing a person with a mental health condition or the actual condition itself. This can be done in a variety of creative ways, depending on your personality, subject knowledge, and comfort level. Perhaps involve your social media friends in the effort.

10. Create some original content that's factual and stigma-busting on one or more of your social media accounts.

11. Participate in a social media mental health campaign, for example through awareness activities, fund raising, political action, signing online petitions and contacting politicians. This could be all online or a combination of online and offline, or involving traditional media.

12. Create a social media mental health campaign. Promote it far and wide.

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This page contains a single entry by editor published on April 29, 2010 3:45 PM.

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