The ripples of water, the hills, the greenery, and the sand; isn’t it a great view? This is how I imagine peace within myself. How do you imagine peace in your head? So far, we all know the risks of social media on teenagers, which are privacy concerns and cyberbullying. Therefore, social media have caused a lot of stress, depression, trauma, and many other mental health issues. Opposite to the negative impacts of social media, there are a lot of advantages. I will discuss how you can use social media to reach out to teenagers to create mental health awareness.
USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CAMPAIGNS
I was searching on Google about the advantages of social media in a teen’s life. It was difficult to find any relevant information regarding this topic. Some of the search words I used were: campaigns for mental health, or social media and mental health. The only information that came up was about campaigns used to promote awareness for physical illness, not psychological issues. Later, I tried to search for mental health issues in adolescents. I was amazed at an exceptional amount of research provided about mental health issues in teenagers. In my teenage, which was ten years ago, I was unable to find this much support on social media for my mental health issues. I faced a lot of challenges such as Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anxiety. Since my family just arrived from India, which has a conservative background, my parents had a hard time understanding my mental health issues. Due to the mindset they carried in Canada, there were always differences in our culture, adaptation, and understanding. When I went to university, this was the first time I heard that I am facing anxiety issues. I used to be in watersheds when I would visit my professor for the stress I was facing academically. I was doing a very tough program: BScN at Algonquin college collaborated with the University of Ottawa. I am sure you must know how tough these honors programs are. I was an intelligent student, but the expectations put on me to become a doctor made me nervous daily. My friends used to call me out of my residence room to spend time with them, but I always refused. I did not realize how much pressure I was putting on myself. I never admitted that I face anxiety issues until now. Now, I just looked at this website, and I am stunned how much progress the schools have done. There is mental health awareness in all sorts of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and much more. The webpage http://teenmentalhealth.org/live/ has set up events all over Canada to spread the knowledge of mental health issues. On the Twitter page, events such as Mental Health Academy by Teen Mental Health society is being publicized to increase the participation of teenagers in this event. This event will help educators to teach the audience about adolescent mental health issues. The Twitter page is a great example of how social media is being used to aware teenagers about the events happening in the community. The Twitter page of Teen Mental Health is also a great place of an online support created for teenagers to enhance their knowledge about mental health. This creates a stronger support system for teenagers to fight together against the issues they are facing.
Overall, the campaign awareness through social media is the best way to get the society involved. It also helps teens learn new ways on how to manage their issues so they can have a peaceful mindset. The first step to help the teenagers is by finding more mental health issues’ groups online, getting involved in the campaigns, and educating ourselves. Lastly, social media must be used to create awareness so we can save the next generation from self-harm. If we acknowledge these issues are real and not just another bad day in our teens’ lives, we can just save another life. After all, it’s all about to raise awareness, and be there for them!
Facebook: Check out the new era : Social media to help the teens fighting depression, anxiety and so on… https://bit.ly/2IHDERu
Twitter: Mental Health support system for teenagers all found online #raiseawareness https://bit.ly/2IHDERu
“Mental Health Academy”, Twitter, https://twitter.com/mhacademyca