It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is body image. While for some people this is a more dire issue than others, such as people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, it's something that impacts us all to some extent. Societal standards of beauty have changed over time, but what doesn't seem to … Continue reading Mirror, mirror…
I'm not a big social media person, so I'm still trying to figure out what exactly an influencer is. How does one get to be an influencer? Why does anyone come to care what a given influencer thinks or likes? How much just comes down to dollars and cents? There's a lot that I just … Continue reading What makes a mental health influencer?
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 millenial 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 Luddite in training?
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?
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”?
The internet can be helpful but it can also be harmful, especially for someone with mental illness