Cyber-talking mental health

Image: Sander Van Der Wel

Image: Sander Van Der Wel

News last week was filled with eulogies for late comedian Robin Williams, who died on Monday after a deep struggle with depression. Unfortunately, the internet was not as kind about it. William’s daughter Zelda was forced to quit social media after being subject to nasty trolling on Twitter and Instagram. Around the same time, suicide prevention experts expressed concern about copycat suicides following the viral re-tweeting of a Robin Williams quote, “Genie, You’re Free.”

How should discussions of mental health issues be approached online? Deanna Hadid spoke to CEO of Beyond Blue, Georgie Harman.

 

If you need support, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or chat to them online at their website, http://www.beyondblue.org.au. Alternatively, call Lifeline for crisis support on 13 11 14.

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