Mental health concerns have risen dramatically over the past decade. Prior to the pandemic, it was estimated that one in five Americans suffered from some sort of mental illness. Now, according to data from the CDC, that number is over two in five. Another recent CDC study showed that 25% of respondents aged 18-24 reported “seriously considering suicide” within the 30 days prior to the survey.
While there are many determinants of mental health, the pandemic itself chief among them, there is evidence that online media may also play a significant role. Social media, in particular, has been cited as a possible contributor to heightened rates of mental illness, especially in young people.
These patterns are not endemic to all online platforms. On the contrary, many online platforms are well-positioned to actually improve mental health outcomes. We help social networks create compassionate and user-centric solutions that address the needs of the individual. It’s about seeing mental health concerns online not just as a problem to solve, but as an opportunity to seize.
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