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Adolescent Mental Health in the Digital Age
Tue 14 March 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 GMT
Social and digital media are revolutionising the way in which we receive news and information, stay in touch with friends and connect with the rest of the world. Much of the coverage of recent studies has concentrated on the negative effects these technologies are having on our mental well-being. But are there ways in which we can use research to enhance the positive outcomes?
This British Science Week join our exciting panel who can shed insight into the research currently taking place to uncover both the negative effects of these technologies but also how we might be able to use social media in order to create positive intervention, provide accessible support and track the mental well-being of groups over time.
Confirmed Speakers include:
Claire Haworth – Dynamic Genetics Group – MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit
Claire's works focuses on understanding why people are different from one another, by looking at their genetics to investigate the roles of nature and nurture in human development. In addition, Claire studies how genetic and environmental influences may change across development, in different environmental contexts. She is particularly interested in positive mental health, and how wellbeing is related to cognitive, behavioural and health outcomes. Her recent work takes looks at tweets collected from thousands of participants in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), and attempts to track the well-being of these participants over time.
Youth Representative from Off The Record Bristol
Off the Record provide free and confidencial self referral mental health support for 11-25. They run various services and projects across Bristol and South Gloucestershire which have been designed with the help of adolescents to promote and improve mental health and wellbeing amongst young people. Working across mutliple social media channels, OTR have put a lot of effort and research into how they might be able to make their services more accessible to young people through the use of social media.
Amanda Fayh - Queen Mary, University of London
Amanda spent time working with a multidisciplinary team on the NIHR funded Olympic Regeneration in East London study. Her research here focused specifically on associations between online social networking and adolescent mental health concentrating largely on the effects on cyberbullying on adolescent mental health.