Mental Matters May 2013 - Page 8

Social Media: technological advances continue to unravel amongst us. In the past decade, social media has gone from the age of FaceParty, MySpace and Bebo – to an age now that accepts both Facebook and Twitter as a daily necessity. Yes, a bit like food and water. Social media has proved to be a wonderful catalyst in improving recovery for those with mental illness. At a simple level, it can act as a bridging tool for isolated people to engage and form new relationships. As a service-user in the Highlands, you could end up embroiled in a debate with others all across Scotland and beyond. IN 2013 – the TWITTER Dr Trevor Lakey Twitter in particular, has become a great tool to facilitate chats across the country. Merging with other mediums like WordPress – online communities can be built and can prosper. Simply by using a hashtag multiple users can easily connect in chats. Regular chats already on Twitter include mentalhealth chat, nurses chat and BPD chat which recently celebrated its first year anniversary. The simplicity of it all is that you can engage in these debates as yourself or under the blanket of an alias. At the end of the day, that's your choice and if you work as professional then perhaps you are protecting your own boundaries. A small contigent will argue that social media is actu-