Using social media to fight the stigma of mental illness

depression-illustrationChances are you know someone who suffers from mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 4 people suffer from mental illness at some point in their life.

Yet, often these individuals suffer in silence. They’re afraid to talk about it for fear the stigma will drive others away. The stigma of weakness, of failure, and even blame that they brought it on themselves. They also may feel ashamed and guilty.

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It’s time to get real on social media

enessa-instagram5A teenage social media superstar took a bold stand last week and pledged to act against the “unhealthy” ideals of social media.

Australian Essena O’Neill – who has amassed more than 700,000 Instagram followers and nearly 270,000 YouTube subscribers – deleted a couple thousand Instagram pics and recaptioned others to reveal the ugly truth behind each one.

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