New Chapter: Beyond social media panics and mental health risk for young people

Chapter: Hendry, N., Robards, B., & Stanford, S. (2017) ‘Beyond social media panics and mental health risk for young people’, in S Stanford, NR Heller, E Sharland, & J Warner (eds), Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health, Palgrave Macmillan.

In this chapter we consider Facebook and Tumblr as two forms of social media, with distinct affordances, in order to think beyond the media panics that often frame social media use by young people experiencing mental illness. We draw on research undertaken with young people in Australia to complicate the social media/risk nexus, and consider productive and generative social media use to support young peoples’ recovery from mental health problems.