The Role of Social Media Platforms and Online Initiatives in Addressing and Creating Awareness about Mental Health Problems in the Youth and Adult Population

Noha Shalaby *

Mediclinic Hospital, UAE.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

In recent years, the role of social media platforms and online initiatives in addressing and creating awareness about mental health problems has become increasingly significant. There is no doubt about the fact that social media platforms play a very important role in destigmatizing mental health issues. Through personal narratives, testimonials, and awareness campaigns, individuals can openly discuss their experiences, challenging pre-existing stigmas and fostering a more empathetic understanding of mental health challenges. Online initiatives contribute to the accessibility of mental health information. From educational resources to coping strategies, individuals can readily access a wealth of information, empowering them to make informed decisions about their mental health. Social media facilitates the creation of online communities centered around mental health support. These virtual spaces connect individuals facing similar challenges, providing a supportive environment for sharing experiences, resources, and coping mechanisms. Online initiatives, such as forums and support groups, contribute to building a sense of community among those navigating mental health issues. The youth, being prolific users of social media, are directly influenced by online content. Digital campaigns and initiatives designed for and by the youth contribute to engagement and empowerment. Through interactive content, discussions, and awareness challenges, social media becomes a powerful tool for reaching and resonating with younger demographics. This research study examines the various ways in which social media platforms serve as catalysts for mental health discussions, destigmatization, and the provision of resources.

Keywords: Social media, ; anxiety, mental health, stigmatization, youth mental health, mental health awareness.


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Shalaby , Noha. 2024. “The Role of Social Media Platforms and Online Initiatives in Addressing and Creating Awareness about Mental Health Problems in the Youth and Adult Population”. International Neuropsychiatric Disease Journal 21 (1):14-19. https://doi.org/10.9734/indj/2024/v21i1417.

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