Mental health discourses on Twitter during Mental Health Awareness Week
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AbstractPromoting health-related campaigns on Twitter has increasingly become a world-wide choice to raise awareness and disseminate health information. Data retrieved from Twitter are now being used to explore how users express their views, attitudes and personal experiences of health-related issues. We focused on Twitter discourse reproduced during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 by examining 1,200 tweets containing the keywords ‘mental health’, ‘mental illness’, ‘mental disorders’ and ‘#MHAW’. The analysis revealed ‘awareness and advocacy’, ‘stigmatization’, and ‘personal experience of mental health/illness’ as the central discourses within the sample. The article concludes with some recommendations for future research on digitally-mediated health communication.
CitationMakita, M., Mas-Bleda, A., Morris, S. and Thelwall, M. (2020) Mental health discourses on Twitter during Mental Health Awareness Week, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 42 (5), pp. 437-450, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1814914
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor and Francis in Issues in Mental Health Nursing on 14/09/2020. The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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