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Teens, Twitter, and therapy in 140 characters? — NewsWorks

By Maiken Scott, newsworks.org

What are teens doing on Twitter other than getting into trouble, posting inappropriate pictures and bullying each other?

Some are offering support for their peers struggling with mental health issues.

One Twitter handle is @Fix_My_Heart_. The profile description reads: “Hey you, I care. 15 years old. Recovering from self harm. Learning how to be strong. Always here to support.”

Another one is @YouCanBeSaved, stating “I can help w/depression, self-harm, anorexia, alcoholic parents & suicide. I’M HERE TO LISTEN & HELP YOU”

Those are just two examples among hundreds of accounts dedicated to helping teens struggling with different issues.

Read the full article discussing worries and benefits of peer support at  Teens, Twitter, and therapy in 140 characters? — NewsWorks.

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One comment on “Teens, Twitter, and therapy in 140 characters? — NewsWorks

  1. brendamaxfield
    September 10, 2012

    I love that–and it’s so true! I know many teens who care deeply about their friends. They’re always there supporting and helping and giving good advice. And if they don’t know what advice to give,they listen.

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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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