Social media is commonly used by billions of people around the world, including those with serious mental illnesses. While some evidence suggests that social media use may be associated with negative outcomes like worsening mood and anxiety, other evidence claims it can help patients build stronger social networks and feel less isolated. This session explores current evidence around social media and serious mental illness with the goal of providing practical tips to tell patients about use, warning signs of excessive use, and resources for helping patients who want to cut down their use. Positive use cases and support groups are also covered.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- Describe to patients how to self assess their personal social media use and be able to explain at least three common risks and benefits related to mental health in using social media.
- Identify at least two warning signs of excessive social media use that may be associated with negative impact on mental health
- Recognize and know when to apply at least three different treatment strategies to help patients reduce social media use in a safe manner.
Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Pharmacist; Psychiatrist; Physician (Non-Psychiatrist); Physician Assistant
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours
Program Start Date: April 5, 2019
Program End Date: April 5, 2020
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, ANCC contact hours, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CNE certificate (nursing), or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- John Torous, M.D.. M.B.I., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Disclosure: Research Funding, Otsuka.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN. University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
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