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Press Release

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This is a draft press release


MentalHealthCamp is about the intersection of social media and mental health.


What is social media?


Social media is the online practice of sharing personal opinions, insight and content (of text, images, and music). Examples of social media are blogs, Facebook, YouTube, flickr, and Twitter.


And mental health?


For the purposes of this conference, mental health is the wide spectrum between mental wellbeing (e.g. experiencing a minimum of stress, anxiety and interpersonal problems) and serious mental illness (e.g. heroin addiction, schizophrenia or anorexia).  We are also including issues such as ADD.


After very positive feedback to a panel discussion about social media and the stigma of mental illness at the 2009 Northern Voice blogging conference, a spontaneous decision was made by some of the attending bloggers that this topic is something that cries out for more attention.


We are asking questions such as


How can blogging help decrease the stigma of mental health?

How does someone with a mental illness navigate the waters of anonymity in the transparent world of social media?

How is the journaling that happens in blogging similar to or different from journaling for healing?

How can social media participants with mental health issues help each other?


The conference will be held on April 25, 2009, at Workspace, 400 - 21 Water Street, Vancouver, from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is by donation, and no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. We are inviting anyone to attend who is interested in and concerned with mental health and/or social media.


We will endeavour to help all attendees keep as much anonymity and confidentiality as possible in such a venue, and are planning to have counsellors on stand-by.

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