Presented by Off The Record
Join this lively panel discussion to explore how social media is changing perceptions and conversations around mental health.
Our panel consists of:
Liam McKinnon: Comms and Digital Manager at Bristol’s youth mental health charity Off the Record (OTR) and digital freelancer, chairing the panel
Renée-Natell Rubio-Richards – UWE Psychology and Sociology student currently on placement with OTR. Having previously experienced OTR’s wellbeing service, Renée now volunteers with the charity as a Peer Navigator, helping other young people navigate mental health services.
Jess Siggers: photographer and consultant, Community Manager, Ambassador for Destination Bristol and long-term mental health patient reflecting on living with Borderline Personality Disorder and Panic Disorder
Aaron Gillies AKA @TechnicallyRon & Author of ‘How to Survive the End of The World & Life-Abet: An A-Z of Existence
Yvette Murphy – communications consultant who has worked with a charity supporting people with mental health issues, and is passionate about the power of communications to break down the stigma around mental health.
Facebook, by its own admission in a recent statement, acknowledges that social media use can have a negative impact on users’ mental health. Twitter provides a platform for the Piers Morgans and Trumps of this world to encourage a narrative that online expression of vulnerability – particularly by younger people – is symptomatic of a ‘snowflake’ generation.
While social media undoubtedly impacts (and highlights) the state of our wellbeing – both individually and societally – a negative discourse around these online networks can, and should, be challenged. This generation are the first to grow up with social media as part of their everyday lives, so can justifiably claim to be the real experts in the field. And the communal nature of these sites – the ability they have to bring people closer – has started to demonstrate interesting therapeutic qualities, not least for the ‘millennials’.
This event is open to all, but aimed at young people and anyone who has an interest professionally or personally in social media and mental health.
This event is free to young people under 25. Please enter the code ‘Free25’ below to secure your event place. Please bring ID.
For professionals interested in this subject please purchase your ticket below.