Ref. : 000041210
Date : 2017-05-19
Language : English
Social media and young people’s
mental health and wellbeing
"Social media has become a space in which we form and build relationships, shape self-identity, express ourselves, and learn about the world around us; it is intrinsically linked to mental health."
Shirley Cramer CBE, RSPH
RSPH and the Young Health Movement have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health.
The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. YouTube tops the table as the most positive with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
RSPH and the Young Health Movement are calling for action from government, social media companies and policy makers to help promote the positive aspects of social media for young people, whilst mitigating the potential negatives. These recommendations include:
• Introduction of a pop-up heavy usage warning on social media – include the support from young people for each of these recommendations
• Social media platforms to identify users who could be suffering from mental health problems by their posts, and discretely signpost to support
• Social media platforms to highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated