Twitch S11 Social Media's Affects on Mental Health (pt1) and Painting Snowflakes

Hello There Readers,

Researching this topic was rather eye-opening. There was so much, that I decided it needed to be broken into two parts.

Caution: Trigger Suicide, trigger self-harm, trigger rape

During our live-stream on Twitch, we discussed how Social Media affects those with mental illnesses. I learned that there is a high rate of suicides that occur during live streams. I wanted to do my part to prevent these in the future, so I continued researching how various platforms handled the delicate matter.

Turns out: Facebook offers a resources page, Twitter permits live reporting so that they can try to reach the victim, and Instagram double-checks certain hashtag searches and offers help before loading the results. Because I have not seen this information or tutorials on how to report live self-harm as it is happening (and hopefully remedy the situation), I also edited together a video with JUST that information. 

I was saddened to find that news coverage about public self-harm is lacking, so I was hoping to provide some sort of support in the form of the tutorial video. If you ever see someone or even a social media post, about someone who is about to harm themselves or someone else, I hope you'll know how to report it.

As always, here are the resources I used for this episode's research:

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Using social media to engage adolescents and young adults with their health
Charlene A. Wong,a,b,* Raina M. Merchant,a,b and Megan A. Morenoc

ACM Trans Comput Hum Interact. 2015 Jul 2.
Health Vlogs as Social Support for Chronic Illness Management
JINA HUH et al

J Ment Health. Author manuscript; 2016 Jun 28.
Emerging mHealth and eHealth Interventions for Serious Mental Illness: A Review of the Literature
John A. Naslund, MPH,a Lisa A. Marsch, PhD,b,c,d Gregory J. McHugo, PhD,c,d and Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MSa,d,e

Online Gamers' Perceptions of Mental Health, Relationships, and Employment Success Following Involvement in Gaming
Tuchman, Melissa H.. Kaplan University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2016. 10180906.

Using social media for support and feedback by mental health service users: thematic analysis of a twitter conversation

Please, if you see someone in pain, be sure to #bethelight