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The role of social media in reducing stigma and discrimination

  • Victoria Betton (a1), Rohan Borschmann (a2), Mary Docherty (a2), Stephen Coleman (a1), Mark Brown (a3) and Claire Henderson (a4)...
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This editorial explores the implications of social media practices whereby people with mental health problems share their experiences in online public spaces and challenge mental health stigma. Social media enable individuals to bring personal experience into the public domain with the potential to affect public attitudes and mainstream media. We draw tentative conclusions regarding the use of social media by campaigning organisations.

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Claire Henderson, Health Service and Population Research Department P029, David Goldberg Centre, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurology, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Email: Claire.1.Henderson@kcl.ac.uk
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The role of social media in reducing stigma and discrimination

  • Victoria Betton (a1), Rohan Borschmann (a2), Mary Docherty (a2), Stephen Coleman (a1), Mark Brown (a3) and Claire Henderson (a4)...
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