Does Social Media Cause Depression?

New Study Suggests It Might Make Symptoms Worse

A potential link between poor mental wellbeing and social media has long been posited, but let’s start with a vital caveat before getting into the latest study. Depression is a mental illness, one with a range of potential triggers, and it’s vital not to simplify or minimise it by simply branding it the result of too much Facebook. Does social media cause depression? That’s probably far too blunt a conclusion. But a new study suggests that reducing social media use might help those who already have the illness feel significantly less depressed — and cutting down can have a similarly major impact on loneliness.

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Two Georgia Siblings Create an App to Help Prevent Teen Suicide

What if, when you’re feeling vulnerable and alone and scared, you could push one button and the people who care about you most instantly came to help? That’s the idea behind notOK, an app developed by the Lucas siblings, Hannah, 16, and Charlie, 13, of Cumming, Georgia, that launched in January. The app sends a text message and current GPS location to up to five pre-selected contacts.

The idea for the app came to Hannah during a “really, really dark time” when she was dealing with severe depression and anxiety after being diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a chronic illness that causes frequent fainting. Mental health stats reinforce the need for help for teens: Depression rates in teens jumped by 63 percent from 2013 to 2016. More than 1.7 million youth with major depressive disorders received no treatment. Mental Health America recognized the notOK app with its 2018 mPower Award. The app, which is also endorsed by Born This Way Foundation and the American Association of Suicidology, is free, but you can opt to pay a $2-per-month sponsorship or make a one-time donation of $10 or &20.

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Why cutting down social media use may also reduce depression and loneliness

New US research has found that reducing time spent on social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may help improve well-being.

Carried out by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the new study recruited 143 students at the university and asked them to complete experiments designed around Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, the three social media sites most popular with undergraduate students.

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Dr. Gregg Jantz Coaches Parents Through the Anxieties of the Smartphone Generation

Dr. Gregory Jantz, a pioneer in holistic care with decades of experience under his belt, tackles the heavy subject of parenting kids with smartphones in his book Ten Tips for Parenting the Smartphone Generation (available on Smartphone use, as Dr. Gregg Jantz shows us, is a leading cause of anxiety and depression, and an opportunity for parents to help out.

Something around 73% of American teens own a smartphone, and almost all the rest have some sort of access to tablets or the internet. And according to new studies, Children spend an average of over 7 hours a day on digital media.

While smartphones deliver a powerful computer that teens can keep in their pockets to access all the information they need, it’s not without its hazards. For one, teens are subjected to more high school interactions and are potentially at a greater risk of bullying, but there’s also more attachment to social media and a growing habit of endless online browsing, too.

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Stopping Suicide in Our Schools

There’s an undercurrent of teenage emotional distress that’s causing Santa Barbara school leaders to rethink how they educate students.

The catalyst: a series of teen deaths in the county and more than 100 attempted teen suicides in Santa Barbara Unified School District over the past two years — along with findings that show some Santa Barbara secondary students report high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.

With nationwide trends mirroring what we see happening here, Santa Barbara educators and their community mental-health partners are rallying behind an instructional intervention that has the power to create a true sea of change.

Known as social-emotional learning (SEL), the approach teaches students about self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship and social awareness: all soft skills foundationally important to becoming a healthy adult.

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