Report: How Twitter Users Discuss Mental Health Issues

People are becoming more vocal about mental health issues on social media, and this year, Twitter users posted 65 percent more mental-health-related resolutions than in 2015.

People are becoming more vocal about mental health issues on social media, and this year, Twitter users posted 65 percent more mental-health-related resolutions than in 2015. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 18 percent of the American population suffers from some form of mental illness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and PsychGuides.com used Twitter’s application-programming interface to search for mental-health-related hashtags and terms to find out which people use most and the sentiment of mental health conversations on the platform.

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According to the report, #MentalHealth and #EndTheStigma were among the most popular hashtags related to mental health. #ChangingMinds and #TimeToTalk are generally aimed at youth and created by nonprofit organizations to raise awareness. In addition to raising awareness, these hashtags work as conversation starters and help people locate communities and resources where they can get help.

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Overall, the highest concentration of mental-health-related tweets were from the northwest, with users in Wyoming generating most of the mental health discussion on Twitter. By contrast, the lowest number of mental health related tweets came from California, and Colorado leads the way in discussing the topic using positive language.

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Mental health conversations often go hand-in-hand with discussions about substance abuse. On Twitter, alcohol is often paired with terms like dependent, dry, joy, birth and prescription, while anxious is usually associated with the terms prepping, assuming and deprivation.

Check out the full report for more details.

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