Course Duration: 30+ minutes
This social media and interaction for better mental health online course explains different ways that social media reduces the quality of life. It looks at how real social interactions are essential and ways to cut down on social media and reduce its negative impact.
Research now clearly shows a connection between use of social media and poor mental health. Whilst online social networking tools have become a part of our lives and businesses, its important to recognise how it affects how we think and feel.
Mental Health Resilience – Social Media & Interaction for Better Mental Health
This online training course comprises the following sections:
- Your Elephant & Its Herd
- Social Traps
- How Social Comparisons can Trick Your Elephant
- Five Hazards of Social Media that Negatively Affect Mental Health
- How Social Media is Addictive
- How Social Media Promotes Fear and Anxiety
- How Social Media is Socially Isolating
- How Social Media Disrupts Sleep
- How Social Media Encourages Trolling
- Positive Steps to Action
Learning Outcomes of Social Media & Interaction for Better Mental Health Course
Users who complete this online training course will gain a greater awareness of:
- How social relationships support good mental health
- Potential traps that need to be aware of to protect mental health
- How social comparisons can trick your brain and lower your self esteem
- Common hazards of social media
- Negative effects of social media on mental health
- Importance of face-to-face social interaction for a long, healthy and happy life
Why Social Media & Interaction for Better Mental Health Course is Vital
Whilst we need social media for many interactions in the modern world, its important to understand how it affects us and what we can do to limit the consequences.
Many reports have connected social media use with negative consequences to wellbeing. People who use social media for more than three hours on daily basis are more likely to experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts, as per a recent survey.
Social media addiction and problematic social media use, sometimes referred to as social network syndrome, includes symptoms such as adding unknown people to social media accounts, spending significant time on social media, feeling anxious when social media interactions are not responded to and a constant urge to check social media.
Benefits of Social Media & Mental Health Course?
The online course on social media and mental health comes with the following benefits:
- CPD certified
- Supports better workplace wellbeing
- Helps build a positive occupational culture of mental health
- Content is concise and easy to understand
- Effortlessly assign and track trainees’ records
|Study length||30+ minutes|
|Approval body||CPD Certified|
|Target Audience||All Staff Members - Intermediate Level|
|Format||Interactive video with end of course test questions|
|Assessment||Online multiple choice test|
|Certification||Online certificate issued immediately on course completion|
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Research shows that social media has a negative impact on sleep. It has been found that people who use social media more than two hours a day are two times as likely to have disturbed sleep, including poor sleep quality, and difficulty falling asleep – as compared to people who use social media less than one hour per day.
Social media use can easily encroach into sleep time. It’s not unusual for people to go to bed with their phone, go online and then it’s the early hours of the morning before they realise it. Remember, social media is addictive, and we can easily get lost in addictive behaviour and lose track of time. In addition, the additional stimulation and light entering our eyes can trick our brains into literally thinking it is not time for bed. So, we stay up longer than we should.
Mental health and social media are interlinked. The impact of social media on mental health triggers anxiety and depression and a feeling of inadequacy. People may feel their life does not compare favourably with that of other people on social media, leading to feelings of dissatisfaction.
A recent survey found that high usage of social media increases feelings of loneliness. The report also stated that minimal social media usage helps people improve their well-being.
Now, this is not to say that social media is all bad. There are some positive effects social media has on mental health. It can keep us in touch with our friends and family, when they are not easily accessible.
It also makes it easier to express emotions that can be hard to say in person. It’s all about a question of balance – too much time spent online is not good for anyone.
Yes, the use of social media may lead to depression and anxiety. Many studies have found a solid link between excessive use of social media and the risk of anxiety, depression self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It promotes negative experiences such as:
- Inadequacy about life & appearance
- FOMO (Fear of missing out)
- Depression & anxiety
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