Sharing Mental Illness Online

NPR recently aired an article about a young woman who is telling her story about her schizophrenia on YouTube called “Normal: Living With Schizophrenia.”

She’s fighting stigma, isolation and myths about mental illness with her videos about treatment, day to day life, and how she manages her illness.

John Naslund, a Ph.D. candidate at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice who studies social media and mental health notes in the article: Scientists are only just now beginning to measure the effect social media might have on clinical outcomes. “It’s quite a new area of thinking, online peer-to-peer support for mental illness,” Naslund says.

Which is exactly the community we are trying to create with the SOVA project!

We want to know what you think? What did you think of the news article? Of Ms. Star’s YouTube channel?

Here’s an example of one of her videos below sharing her experiences with electroconvulsive therapy:

Tell us what you think in the comments!

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