Reduce Stigma Surrounding Trauma-related Mental Health Issues Using Social Media

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This post is a part of our series of contributions for Social Good Day.

When people experience trauma, they need support from family and friends to positively impact their mental health. Similarly, the mental health of our men and women in the military and their families is often trauma-related and it is especially important to focus on these challenges during times of war. We can help ensure that these men and women, along with their families, are aware of the support that is available for them when they return to their civilian lives.

Supporting someone’s mental health can be as simple as helping to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health. Raising awareness can help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and increase the likelihood that people experiencing trauma-related challenges will seek out and get the help that they need. Social media tools can help you to spread the word about the importance of mental health and support the mental health of your loved ones.

  • Research Twitter hashtags about mental health and join the conversation.  Some popular ones include #mhsm and #mentalhealth, among others. You can also start your own hashtag to start a discussion with organizations and individuals that are interested or involved in mental health.
  • On Facebook, research organizations helping to support the mental health of our troops and “like” their page to show your support.

You can also use these tools to share stories about people that have experienced trauma and found support that helped improve their mental health. Highlighting the resiliency of people who have experience trauma related mental health issues can help encourage other people to seek the services and support that they or their loved ones need.

You can share these stories through your own social media accounts or encourage people to tell their stories from their accounts using your hashtag. The more people that are talking about these important issues, the less stigma that will be attached to them, making it more likely that people who experience trauma will receive the supports and services that they need.

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