24-01-2019 04:36 PM
Is our social media use having a positive or negative impact on our overall wellbeing? How can we balance our perception of instagram posts, facebook statuses and filtered snapchats with realistic expectations of our own lives?
Social Media is not necessarily a negative, or a positive - the benefits of social media of course lie in the way we engage with each platform. Join us on the 19th of Feb featuring our special guest Holly, a youth peer ambassador and online mental health advocate, as we explore the peaks and troughs of social media, including strategies on maintaining healthy mental wellbeing whilst engaging online.
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19-02-2019 06:58 PM
Hello all! Happy Tuesday
Tonight’s Topic Tuesday is one that members of all ages can relate to and especially some of our younger members who have grown up using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Tonight’s event “Symptoms of Social Media” will explore the peaks and troughs of social media, including strategies on maintaining healthy mental wellbeing whilst engaging online.
For those that haven’t been involved in a Topic Tuesday before, we will be raising some questions for you to consider. There’ll be around 10-15 minutes for everyone to respond to each question. This is a forum for peer support and discussion so don’t hesitate to jump in and get involved by answering or adding to the discussion!
I would now like to introduce tonight’s special guest @holly299 . @holly299 is one of Sane Australia’s Youth Peer Ambassador’s in addition to her own Mental Health advocacy work. To kick off I will get @holly299 to tell us a little bit about herself…
19-02-2019 06:59 PM
Hi everyone and thanks for having me on this topic Tuesday! As @nashy said my name is Holly and I’m an online mental health advocate and peer ambassador for SANE Australia. I currently live in Melbourne but was born and raised in Sydney. I am currently in my final year of physiotherapy and can’t wait to start practising. My hobbies include reading, sport and going out for brunch.
I am part of the queer community and am passionate about the intersection between the LGBTQ+ identity and mental health. I am currently in recovery from anorexia nervosa, depression, self harm and anxiety.
My eating struggles started when I was 15 but my self esteem and body image issues started when I was as young as 6. As I went through university my mental health got worse and worse. I became extremely suicidal and was self harming. It took me a long time to seek treatment but now I’m well and truly on the way to recovery and living a life I want to live.
19-02-2019 07:05 PM
welcome @chandlerbing !
19-02-2019 07:10 PM
19-02-2019 07:10 PM
Hey there @Adge , welcome - Thanks for joining
19-02-2019 07:11 PM
Hey @TAB, welcome thanks for joining. Sorry to hear about this heaviness tonight mate, no drama participate as much or as little as you like. Self-care number one.
19-02-2019 07:13 PM
Alright crew, first question! Social media isn’t inherently good or bad but often it can have an impact on your mental health, wellbeing and sense of self.
What are some of the challenges that social media has posed to your mental health?
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