March 19, 2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Aulneau Renewal Centre 228 Hamel Avenue or Zoom

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Tik-Toxic? Mental Health in the Age of Influence - Zoom $175
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Tik-Toxic? Mental Health in the Age of Influence - In-Person $225
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Facilitator: Julie Walsh, MSW, RSW


More information: Tik-Toxic? Mental Health Information in the Age of Influence

Social media, Tik Tok trends, and influencer culture have shaped the way young people learn, engage, communicate, and think. Consequently, the
digital world has a significant influence on mental health awareness. Social media has contributed to increased recognition, normalization, and
acceptance of mental health supports and services. The online world has enhanced access to supports, enhanced connection, and provides education.
However, social media has also created space for harm. While social media has been linked to an increase in anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and
addictive behaviors, the increasing ability to share information about mental health, may also be posing pose harmful risks. With the dissemination of
mental health information via social media there are also increased access to:
– Inaccurate or pseudo-scientific information
– Limiting or erroneous portrayals of mental health disorders
– The viewing of curated realities
– Algorithms limiting exposure to other or differing views
– Pathologizing of normative behaviors
– Incorrect representations of therapy concepts
– Endorsing unhealthy coping skills or unsubstantiated treatments

The workshop intends to:

  • Outline the ways social media has been beneficial to mental health services
  • Detail and discuss the risks associated with the proliferation of mental health information
  • Increase the clinicians understanding of the thinking errors and psychosocial reasons that can contribute to the risks
  • Provide tools to help increase adolescents (and clinicians own) critical thinking skills
  • Describe how to use the therapeutic relationship to educate, validate, and support youth mental health