Blogging and writing, Social media

How Do You Manage Notifications?

A recent post by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke got me thinking about this.  We're constantly bombarded with a ton of information from the various different platforms we use, so how do you avoid getting overwhelmed with notifications and having your mental health negatively impacted? By default, WordPress and social media platforms want to throw… Continue reading How Do You Manage Notifications?

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Mental health, Social media, Suicide

How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

Let's say you're scrolling through your Twitter feed.  You see a tweet that makes it seem like that person intends to imminently act on suicidal thoughts.  What do you do? Unfortunately, there isn't really a good answer. I've been on the reporting side on one occasion.  Someone had posted on their blog, which was shared… Continue reading How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

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Social media

The Social Media Generation vs. Luddite in Training

I was having a conversation a while back with Candace at Revenge of Eve about whether we 40-ish people are at the beginning of the millennial generation or at the tail end of gen X.  The years that fall into each generation depend on who's talking about it, but the birth year range 1981-1996 for… Continue reading The Social Media Generation vs. Luddite in Training

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Mental health, Social media, Suicide

What goes too far on social media?

Is there a limit to what's ok to post on social media?  I'm not thinking about trolling and other such nastiness, but rather about widely broadcasting messages about being suicidal. I'm not a huge social media user, but I do spend some time on Twitter.  I follow around 2500 accounts, pretty much all of which… Continue reading What goes too far on social media?

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Mental health, Social media, Stigma

Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?

I discovered this quite a while back, but it just popped into my mind again recently.  Pinterest won't let you search for the word "depression".  If you try, it gives no results, just this message: "If you're in emotional distress or thinking about suicide, help is available."  If you search for "depressed" or "major depression", though,… Continue reading Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?