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6 Ways Social Media Can Be Used To Spread Positive Mental Health

It’s not all bad.

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Today, there are many different stereotypes affiliated with mental health, and many different people believe different kinds of things. People post on social media all the time, and there are positive and negative impacts of it which can affect lives.  

Many need to be educated on how important mental health is and how it can be improved. I have collected six ways to help you, and they can be used to spread positivity and help people through their hard times,   

Educate yourself: 

There is always room to learn new things every day, and the more you learn, the better you get. It won’t be wrong to say that there is not much awareness regarding mental health out there; many stigmas are attached to the mere concept of mental health. Our community’s senior citizens propose different ways and coping mechanisms to deal with things the way they dealt with them in their time, which is right and wrong at the same time.  

What they need to understand is the fact that times have changed, and so have the people. Please educate yourself on the concept of mental health, what is it, how many people go through mental health issues, what age do people suffer at the most, what are the different coping mechanisms, when should someone be advised to take therapy and so much more.  

You can educate yourself through social media and share whatever you find on your social media profiles to be educated on the matter.  

Share stories: 

There is no doubt that social media is used by everyone nowadays, one may use it more than the other one, but everyone is active on it for some part of the day. Many individuals share many different things, such as their pictures, details of their upcoming trips, birthdays, and whatnot. Everything has a positive and a negative impact; many share their stories too.  

Sharing stories is one of the best things that can happen because they can inspire a person, motivate a person, and be used as a guide to get out of a similar situation that others may face. Sharing stories help build a connection.  

For example, Person A shares his story of how he had anxiety and depression after his wife’s death and unborn child. Still, he went to therapy; he met other people, and now after 2 years, he is dating again and can feel things being settled.  This story is inspiring and hopeful, precisely what is needed for spreading awareness regarding mental health.  

Post about a healthy lifestyle: 

Posting about health is essential as it makes others inspired. You, leading a healthy lifestyle and putting it on social media, can help others follow you, and let’s be honest. Who does not want to lose weight? We all do, and the minute we see someone losing weight, everyone wants to know their diet plan and their exercise routine.  

So whatever you eat, whatever you don’t eat, whatever exercise you are doing, share it with people on your social media platforms and get others to join you. To be healthy, mentally, and physically, it is essential to consume a healthy diet, so keep sharing and inspiring people to be healthy, fit, and flexible.  

Encourage everyone to talk about mental health: 

We are currently living in the 21st century. You will be shocked to hear that there are people in this world that believe that there is no such thing as mental health and depression and anxiety are just for wrong attention-seeking, and that is why it is essential to talk about mental health and how mental illnesses can have an impact on your life.  

Talking about mental health, sharing stories, educating people, normalizing coping mechanisms, spreading awareness regarding therapy being average, and showing them a way out is essential for bettering this society. 

Today, many individuals are frustrated and angry, rape cases are increasing, and children are abducted and killed. Have you ever asked yourself, why is that happening? Because such people are sick and need help. Start talking about mental health, encourage your friends on social media to share and comment so that more and more people can be educated on the matter.  

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Use social media to create groups for in-person meetups: 

Social media can have an impact on people’s lives but can also help people towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s important to talk to people and create a team that talks with you, stands with you and helps you spread the message but to be fair, form groups on social media, and assign them topics to talk on.  

For example, group A will talk about depression; group B will speak about anxiety, group C will speak about mental health and its coping mechanisms, and so on. Set meetups with these groups so that face to face conversations can be held too.  

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Face to face conversations can help people distract from their problems, you can share stories, you can discuss ideas, and you all get to know each other. A real-life connection can help form a stronger bond on social media. Spreading positive mental health can be taken to the next levels once more people join the team. 

Never be judgmental: 

Everyone has a struggle they are going through; individuals going through a rough time can lean on different things such as alcohol and drugs to help get through tough times. Many drugs are advised by doctors such as CBD to treat depression; in other parts of the world, it is legal to take drugs such as magic mushrooms in Canada, but that does not mean that you go crazy and overdose.  

People post about their struggles on social media, but there is so much hate and negativity that comes at them through the comment section, which is wrong and must be stopped. You are not in the shoes of such people, and no one has the right to judge them; more and more should be written on this, and more people must be educated so that a change can be brought.  

To sum it all up, start talking about social media in real life and on your social media platforms because you never know whose life you will be able to change. Try to make a difference, and it always starts with you. 

 

Author’s bio: 

This article is written by Thomas Shelby, a young individual striving to spend awareness on mental health issues and how they can be dealt with. Thomas loves to read books based on psychology and wants to make the world a better place through his writing. You can check out more about Thomas at https://thefunguys.ca/. 

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