The Big Emerging Minds Summit

Workshop: Navigating social media as young people living with chronic physical conditions

This workshop sought to stimulate conversations about the impact of social media on mental wellbeing in young people living with Type 1 diabetes, and to consider how this extends to other chronic health condition contexts. The aim was to collate ideas about the implications of current and future research directions surrounding social media and mental wellbeing in young people living with a chronic physical condition. 

Three key messages:
  1. Social media has a paradoxical role in the lives of young people living with Type 1 diabetes. 
  2.  Young people feel more autonomous to access condition-related support online. 
  3. Yet navigating condition-related content online can feel emotionally challenging to process. 

This workshop was connected to our Embracing Complexity research challenge: How can we best meet the needs of children and young people who have intersecting needs and face complex situations?

Artwork by Tom Bailey (@tombaileyart).

Further Resources

Workshop Live Tweets

You can read a great thread from Tom Sharpe who was live-tweeting the session via @yp_MHstigma.

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