Mental Health Camp – a Conference about Mental Health and Social Media
MentalHealthCamp is a conference about the intersection of social media and mental health.
What is social media?
Social media is the online practice of sharing personal opinions, insight and content (of text, images, and music). Examples of social media are blogs, Facebook, YouTube, flickr, and Twitter.
And mental health?
For the purposes of this conference, mental health is the wide spectrum between mental wellbeing (e.g. experiencing a minimum of stress, anxiety and interpersonal problems) and serious mental illness (e.g. heroin addiction, schizophrenia or anorexia). We are also including issues such as ADD.
After very positive feedback to a panel discussion about social media and the stigma of mental illness at the 2009 Northern Voice blogging conference, a spontaneous decision was made by some of the attending bloggers that this topic is something that cries out for more attention.
This year’s theme is “Breaking Our Silence. Setting us Free.” We will examine how silence hurts mental health, and, even more importantly, how using our voice helps us achieve and maintain mental health. We will explore how social media can help us find this voice and share it with the world.
At Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2009 we asked questions such as
- How can blogging help decrease the stigma of mental health?
- How does someone with a mental illness navigate the waters of anonymity in the transparent world of social media?
- How is the journaling that happens in blogging similar to or different from journaling for healing?
- How can social media participants with mental health issues help each other?
This year’s Mental Health Camp will be focused on how speaking about mental illness (online and offline) may be able to help break down the stigma associated with it.
- What happens when we take the risk to blossom, despite – or with – our emotional/cognitive/chemical idiosyncracies?
- What is the pain of silence, and how does it impact our mental and physical health?
- What happens in that strange moment when we decide to voice our truth and some of the people around us react with silence on their part? And what does that freedom look like on the other side of silence?
The first Mental Health Camp ever (in Vancouver and worldwide) was held on April 25, 2009, at Workspace, 400 – 21 Water Street, Vancouver, from 9 am to 6 pm. The second Mental Health Camp Vancouver (and third overall) will take place on July 10th, 2010 at the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Laboratory from 9 am to 6 pm. For registration you can go to the EventBrite page.
Admission this year will be $25 per person, but we will continue our policy that no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. We are inviting anyone to attend who is interested in and concerned with mental health and/or social media.
MentalHealthCamp Toronto just took place in Toronto, on May 28, 2010.
We will endeavour to help all attendees keep as much anonymity and confidentiality as possible in such a venue, and are planning to have counsellors on stand-by.
TO ATTEND Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2010, please register here (EventBrite page for the 2010 event).
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