Mental health discourses on twitter during mental health awareness week

Meiko Makita (Lead / Corresponding author), Amalia Mas-Bleda, Scott Morris, Mike Thelwall

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Abstract

Promoting health-related campaigns on Twitter has increasingly become a world-wide choice to raise awareness and disseminate health information. Data retrieved from Twitter are now being used to explore how users express their views, attitudes and personal experiences of health-related issues. We focused on Twitter discourse reproduced during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 by examining 1,200 tweets containing the keywords 'mental health', 'mental illness', 'mental disorders' and '#MHAW'. The analysis revealed 'awareness and advocacy', 'stigmatization', and 'personal experience of mental health/illness' as the central discourses within the sample. The article concludes with some recommendations for future research on digitally-mediated health communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-450
Number of pages14
JournalIssues in mental health nursing
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2020

Keywords

  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Social Media
  • Stereotyping

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