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1 Brave New World of Social Media Utilizing Social Media and Online Tools for Greater Mental Health Presented by: Todd Hash May 23, 2011

2 What We’ll Explore Why is Social Media Unique? The Big 5 of Social Media Other Social Media & Online Tools Cautionary Tales & Final Thoughts

3 What Is Social Media? And why is it unique 15 Years Ago Corporations, newspapers, and other organizations were the focus We were the consumers of their content and THEIR VOICE The Rise of Social Media Today We create the most interesting content with Our VOICE We determine if something goes VIRAL – Not a marketing director »Did I mention? Social media is cheap! »If you have a computer and internet, you can be a part of the conversation.

4 Benefits of Social Media & the Internet for Mental Health Connections – Avoiding isolation and withdrawal, finding and building support systems online and off. Reconnecting with friends and family across the miles. HOWEVER … it’s a double-edged sword Inspiration & Support – There are countless personal blogs and websites devoted to nearly every diagnosis under the sun. Some provide daily insights and inspiration straight to your each morning. Education – Endless resources and tools are available online, many for free. Online Tools – Some websites provide tools to enhance personal or group accountability as well as monitoring moods or keeping journals

5 The Big 5 of Social Media

6 Facebook The Kudzu of Social Media Key Facts Fantastic personal social network Reconnect with old friends with very little effort – It’s so easy finding connections, it’s almost scary Stay in touch with family across the country Chose who you share information with, but privacy controls are tricky & evolving

7 YouTube Create Your own Videos & Share Key Facts Personal and Business Content Upload your own homemade videos » Choose who can see them Great place for fun, education, how-to videos and more Embed personal videos into your own website

8 LinkedIn Your Resume on the Web Key Facts Professional social network Step-by-Step online resume creation Incredible networking opportunities for job hunting Core service is free and vast, but you can upgrade for additional benefits

9 Twitter The World in 140 Characters Key Facts Twitter is like sending a phone text message to the entire world (or select friends) Some Tweeters keep up with friends and family while others use it for business and marketing A great way to learn about breaking news and follow discussions about ongoing events

10 Key Facts Real life – Real People There is almost certainly someone sharing your particular experience with mental health challenges Any topic under the sun Amateur vs. Professional Bloggers –And the FTC To search specific blogs: Google “blog” and your diagnosis or other interest. Or contact other mental health bloggers and ask for their favorites. Great bloggers love to hear from readers. Personal Blogs

11 Examples McMan’s Depression & Bipolar Blog  (see intro video) Reality of Anxiety - Aimee’s Blog: Beyond Blue: Spiritually-based blogs and news in mental health  (see list of her blog links) Storied Mind: Writing to Recover Life from Depression  Research Digest – Blogging on Brain & Behavior  To search for Ning Communities: Personal Blogs

12 Reality Too Much Content – Few people can read every post on every blog they enjoy – especially if they follow a dozen blogs or more So Little Time – Often we miss the most important blog posts because we don’t have time to browse a dozen or more blogs every day Solution – Bring the blogs to you! RSS Readers – There are many good, free readers out there, but I stick with one of the most popular the Google Reader. If you already have a Gmail address, then you already have access to an RSS Reader. Keeping Track of it all

13 Fast & Free Blogging To learn more about free blogs:

14 Other Social Media Meetup.com Specialty Social Networks

15 Meetup.com Go online in order to go offline Unique Features Find people – With similar interests/hobbies Get Involved – Quickly get involved with interesting groups Great socialization tool – Make new friends out in the real world rather than cyberspace Downside – It may be more difficult to find and build groups in smaller communities

16 Specialty Social Networks Key Facts Specialty Social Networks – Usually dedicated to a specific topic, hobby, etc Many Features – Discussion boards, blogs, personal profiles and more Examples: – – Is Ning old news?

17 Online Tools Skype – Text, audio, and video chatting across the world – Keep in touch with friends and family across the country – Get assistance remotely from therapists, counselors, life coaches (maybe) – Free software for download. You will need a webcam and broadband for video chats HabitForge.com – Forge new habits. Change your Life – A free resource to help users form new habits in 21 days Daily or Weekly Tips/Affirmations (examples) – John Maxwell – Daily Word at – Happiness Project – Daily, weekly and monthly challenges and inspiration at

18 Cautionary Tales Five things to keep in mind 1.Mental Health History – What are you willing to reveal and what have you already revealed online? This is a personal decision. 2.Privacy Settings – Be aware of privacy settings on social networks or wherever you may reveal personal information online. For example: Facebook – I recommend using privacy settings that only permit accepted “Friends” to see and share your information. 3.Who is Watching? – If you don’t want family, friends or a pastor to know something, then don’t write it online (or at least be certain it is private). 4.Employers – Many employers now research their applicants online to learn as much as possible. This is another reason to be cautious about anything you post. 5.The Internet is Permanent – So give thought to what you write before posting it to a blog, social network or other site. "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain

19 Two Final Thoughts About Life Online “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ~ Rodin Be Purposeful with Online Time “A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” ~ Willy Wonka But Have Fun Too

20 My Corners of Cyberspace Linkedin: Facebook: facebook.com/serenityhunter Youtube: Flickr: Skype: policy_czar Future site (August 2011):

21 Bonus Tips Google Alerts – Setup a free alert that will you whenever your name appears online LeechBlock Utility – This is a Firefox browser tool designed to help manage online time. Limit access to certain websites Limit times of day when you can be online Find it at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock/


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