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Brave New World of Social Media. Utilizing Social Media and Online Tools for Greater Mental Health. Presented by: Todd Hash May 23, 2011. What Well Explore. Why is Social Media Unique? The Big 5 of Social Media Other Social Media & Online Tools Cautionary Tales & Final Thoughts. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


<ul><li><p>Brave New World of Social MediaUtilizing Social Media and Online Toolsfor Greater Mental HealthPresented by:</p><p>Todd HashMay 23, 2011</p></li><li><p>What Well Explore Why is Social Media Unique?</p><p>The Big 5 of Social Media</p><p> Other Social Media &amp; Online Tools</p><p> Cautionary Tales &amp; Final Thoughts</p></li><li><p>What Is Social Media? And why is it unique15 Years Ago Corporations, newspapers, and other organizations were the focus We were the consumers of their content and THEIR VOICE</p><p>The Rise of Social Media Today We create the most interesting content with Our VOICE We determine if something goes VIRAL Not a marketing director</p><p>Did I mention? Social media is cheap!If you have a computer and internet, you can be a part of the conversation.</p></li><li><p>Benefits of Social Media &amp; the Internet for Mental Health </p><p> Connections Avoiding isolation and withdrawal, finding and building support systems online and off. Reconnecting with friends and family across the miles.HOWEVER its a double-edged sword</p><p> Inspiration &amp; Support There are countless personal blogs and websites devoted to nearly every diagnosis under the sun. Some provide daily insights and inspiration straight to your e-mail each morning.</p><p> Education Endless resources and tools are available online, many for free.</p><p> Online Tools Some websites provide tools to enhance personal or group accountability as well as monitoring moods or keeping journals </p></li><li><p>The Big 5 of Social Media </p></li><li><p>Facebook The Kudzu of Social MediaKey Facts Fantastic personal social network Reconnect with old friends with very little effort Its so easy finding connections, its almost scary Stay in touch with family across the country Chose who you share information with, but privacy controls are tricky &amp; evolving</p></li><li><p>YouTube Create Your own Videos &amp; ShareKey Facts Personal and Business Content Upload your own homemade videos Choose who can see them Great place for fun, education, how-to videos and more Embed personal videos into your own website</p></li><li><p>LinkedIn Your Resume on the WebKey Facts Professional social network Step-by-Step online resume creation Incredible networking opportunities for job hunting Core service is free and vast, but you can upgrade for additional benefits</p></li><li><p>TwitterThe World in 140 CharactersKey Facts Twitter is like sending a phone text message to the entire world (or select friends) Some Tweeters keep up with friends and family while others use it for business and marketing A great way to learn about breaking news and follow discussions about ongoing events</p></li><li><p>Key Facts Real life Real People There is almost certainly someone sharing your particular experience with mental health challenges Any topic under the sun Amateur vs. Professional BloggersAnd the FTC</p><p>To search specific blogs: Google blog and your diagnosis or other interest.Or contact other mental health bloggers and ask for their favorites. Great bloggers love to hear from readers.</p><p>Personal Blogs</p></li><li><p>Examples McMans Depression &amp; Bipolar Blog (see intro video) </p><p>Reality of Anxiety - Aimees Blog: </p><p>Beyond Blue: Spiritually-based blogs and news in mental health (see list of her blog links)</p><p>Storied Mind: Writing to Recover Life from Depression</p><p>Research Digest Blogging on Brain &amp; Behavior</p><p>To search for Ning Communities: Blogs</p></li><li><p>Reality Too Much Content Few people can read every post on every blog they enjoy especially if they follow a dozen blogs or more So Little Time Often we miss the most important blog posts because we dont have time to browse a dozen or more blogs every day</p><p>Solution Bring the blogs to you!RSS Readers There are many good, free readers out there, but I stick with one of the most popular the Google Reader. If you already have a Gmail address, then you already have access to an RSS Reader.</p><p>Keeping Trackof it all</p></li><li><p>Fast &amp; Free BloggingTo learn more about free blogs:</p><p> </p><p></p></li><li><p>Other Social Media </p><p> Specialty Social Networks </p></li><li><p>Meetup.comGo online in order to go offline</p><p>Unique Features Find people With similar interests/hobbies Get Involved Quickly get involved with interesting groups Great socialization tool Make new friends out in the real world rather than cyberspace</p><p>Downside It may be more difficult to find and build groups in smaller communities</p></li><li><p>Specialty SocialNetworksKey Facts Specialty Social Networks Usually dedicated to a specific topic, hobby, etc Many Features Discussion boards, blogs, personal profiles and more Examples:</p><p>Is Ning old news? </p></li><li><p>Online Tools Skype Text, audio, and video chatting across the world Keep in touch with friends and family across the country Get assistance remotely from therapists, counselors, life coaches (maybe) Free software for download. You will need a webcam and broadband for video chats</p><p> Forge new habits. Change your Life A free resource to help users form new habits in 21 days</p><p> Daily or Weekly Tips/Affirmations (examples) John Maxwell Daily Word at Happiness Project Daily, weekly and monthly challenges and inspiration at </p></li><li><p>Cautionary TalesFive things to keep in mindMental Health History What are you willing to reveal and what have you already revealed online? This is a personal decision.Privacy Settings Be aware of privacy settings on social networks or wherever you may reveal personal information online. For example:Facebook I recommend using privacy settings that only permit accepted Friends to see and share your information.Who is Watching? If you dont want family, friends or a pastor to know something, then dont write it online (or at least be certain it is private).Employers Many employers now research their applicants online to learn as much as possible. This is another reason to be cautious about anything you post. The Internet is Permanent So give thought to what you write before posting it to a blog, social network or other site.</p><p>"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain </p></li><li><p>Two Final ThoughtsAbout Life Online</p><p>Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. ~ RodinBe Purposeful with Online TimeA little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men. ~ Willy WonkaBut Have Fun Too</p></li><li><p>My Corners of CyberspaceEmail: Linkedin: Facebook: Youtube: Flickr: Skype: policy_czar Future site (August 2011): </p></li><li><p>Bonus TipsGoogle Alerts Setup a free alert that will email you whenever your name appears online</p><p>LeechBlock Utility This is a Firefox browser tool designed to help manage online time. Limit access to certain websites Limit times of day when you can be online Find it at:</p><p>*********************</p></li></ul>


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