Mental health hashtags on Twitter
Twitter is an important places for mental health – especially through the creation of mental health hashtags.
Twitter seems to be becoming one of the most important places online for conversations, stories and connections about mental health – especially through the creation of mental health hashtags. Hashtags help organise Twitter discussions and make it easier to view contributions.
Here, in alphabetical order, we have picked just a few of the most significant mental health hashtags and what makes them special. If you think we've overlooked one that should be here, tell us in the comments below the piece.
A way to feel really connected to other Twitter users while doing something that many people find therapeutic – simultaneously colouring a picture. Credited to @BipolarBlogger
When people feel let down by their crisis team – a chance to share that with others who can relate to the experience. Credited to @debecca
I'm sure those who work in the crisis team went into the job wanting to help. But there just aren't enough resources/time #crisisteamfail— anna (@koalaalltheway) March 30, 2015
Many of us are hiding how we really feel from our friends – here people share what, and why. Credited to @depressednotsad
#IWishMyFriendsKnew that I am trying my hardest to feel better, but depression isn't a choice, it's an illness!— Cath (@depressednotsad) April 18, 2015
The hashtag that forced Asda to withdraw a stigmatising Halloween costume (though now not used much by mental health campaigners). Creation of the wonderful @DuckBeaki who, very sadly, is no longer with us. Here's her original tweet, that kicked the whole thing off.
Hard to pick between these two, so we didn't! Here people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder share little victories that mean a lot, or discuss other aspects of living with OCD. (Sadly, many people use the term OCD glibly and disrespectfully, so hashtags can be often be a bit of a minefield.) Credited to @OCDTrudy and @AshleyCurryOCD (whose #AskAshOCD is on Tuesday evenings at 8pm).
You have to keep challenging the ocd !! Do something , even small things are achievements !! #ocdachievements— Ashley Curry (@AshleyCurryOCD) April 16, 2015
If we could remove the guilt that is ridiculously associated with caring for ourselves we would find greater happiness & peace #pndhour— The SMILE Group (@TheSMILEGroup) April 8, 2015
The sad, bad and shameful things that many experience while going through the system, which put you off opening up. Credited to @BipolarBlogger
#WhyWeDontEngage because nurses in a&e will tell people in need of urgent help that they need to 'get over it' and not be 'so dramatic'.— May Gabriel (@ItsOkCampaign) December 20, 2014
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