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How social media is supporting people with depression | Social care network | Guardian Professional

Ruby Wax co-founded Black Dog Tribe, a site that encourages people to share their experiences and talk about depression. Photograph: Antonio Zazueta Olmos

Depression is common, disabling and increasing in prevalence. Many people suffer in silence, don’t get much empathy or sympathy and, if and when they do ask for help, they may find medication more frequently offered than psychological therapy. This may be changing, but not fast enough.

Online communities enable people to talk, share experiences and recognise that they are not alone, says Dr Tim Anstiss.

via How social media is supporting people with depression | Social care network | Guardian Professional.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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