A mental health Trust in Sussex is embracing technology to reach out to more people who are living with a mental health condition.
One in four people experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and staff at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust want to spread the word about what help is available and drive down stigma which surrounds mental illness.
The Trust will be embracing social media during mental health awareness week (May 12-18) by hosting a tweetchat and launching a Facebook page.
The tweetchat, which will be taking place on May 14 between 12pm-1pm, aims to answer questions people have about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Leading the discussion will be Dr Clara Strauss, a clinical psychologist at the Trust, who said: “On average people with OCD wait for 10 years before seeking help and social media is a great way of letting people know about OCD and how they can find help sooner rather than later.
“The tweetchat is for people who have OCD, those who think they might have it, for friends or family members of people with the condition and for healthcare professionals working with people with OCD. It is also for those interested in OCD. Anyone is welcome so please feel free to join in.”
Those interested in taking part can get involved by using any one of the following hashtags: #withoutstigma #OCDtweet.
Throughout the week @withoutstigma will also be tweeting advice and information about a range of other mental health conditions including anxiety and post traumatic stress.
As well as using Twitter, during mental health awareness week the Trust will be reaching more of those affected by mental health by launching a Facebook page and a new series of films about mental health conditions and treatment.
These videos will be found on the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust YouTube channel and will offer advice and information from clinicians.