In a recent #mhsm (mental health and social media) chat on Twitter, we talked about the #mhm2010 hashtag used during Mental Health Month May 2010. Many organizations and tweeps successfully used it to share mental health information with a much wider network. During our wrap-up discussion on keeping momentum, other hashtags were mentioned. I volunteered to make a list and here’s what I found in use as of June 2. If you know of more, or start a new one, please leave a comment.

If you’re new to hashtags and Twitter, learn more in this brief video. Use Twitter Search or other tools to follow hashtags.

Most are to tag relevant tweets at any time, but some are used for weekly events like #mentalhealthmonday, and chats on different topics. Check the schedules and use Tweetchat to join in.

Many tags are focused on a specific mental health issue. However, a key lesson learned from #mhm2010 is that using a popular, short hashtag means info reaches more readers, gets retweeted, and connects more activists than specialized tags. #endstigma has been suggested as a new gathering place, and #mentalhealth is one that’s already commonly used.

Chats are in bold; here’s the full list:

#abuse – abusive behaviours, or substance abuse
#add – attention deficit disorder
#adhd – attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder
#addict #addiction or #addictions – various addictions (substances also have hashtags)
#anxiety – anxiety
#asd or #autism – autism spectrum disorders
#aspie – Asperger’s Syndrome
#attitude – positive attitude
#bipolar – bipolar disorders
#bodyimage – body image
#borderline or #bpd – borderline personality disorder
#bullying – anti-bullying
#chronicpain – chronic pain issues
#coping – coping skills
#cutting – self-injury
#cyberbullying – against online bullying
#depression – clinical depression
#did – dissociative identity disorder
#dv – domestic violence
#eatingdisorder – eating disorders
#empathy – empathy
#endstigma – end mental health stigma campaign
#epatient – e-patient info
#grateful – what are you grateful for?
#hcsm – health care and social media
#hcsmeu – health care and social media Europe (global relevance, high volume)
#hugsnotdrugs – drug abuse prevention
#madpride – Mad Pride
#mentalhealth – mental health, general (high volume)
#mentalillness – mental illness
#mentalhealthhero – profiles of mental health professionals
#mentalhealthmonday – mental health info (Mondays)
#mhcanada – mental health info geo-specific to Canada
#mhcto – Mental Health Camp Toronto 2010, @MHCTO
#mhcuk – Mental Health Camp UK
#mhcyvr10 – Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2010, @MentalHealthC
#mhm2010 – Mental Health Month May 2010
#mhsm – Mental Health and Social Media chat (Tuesdays 9:00 pm EST), @MHSMchat
#mhsmca – mental health & social media Canada chat (schedule TBD)
#mhsmoz – mental health & social media Australia (TBD)
#mhsmuk – mental health & social media UK (TBD)
#miaw2010 – Mental Illness Awareness Week 2010
#neuroscience – brain science
#nokiddingmetoo – Joe Pantoliano’s mental health antistigma campaign No Kidding Me Too, @NKMToo
#ocd – obsessive compulsive disorder
#ojtl – Our Journey Through Life family/friends support chat (Thursdays 9:00 pm CST), @OJTLblog
#peersupport – mental health consumer/survivor peer support
#pixelproject – the Pixel Project on violence against women, @PixelProject
#ppd – post-partum depression
#ppdchat – post-partum depression chat (Mondays 1:00 pm and 8:30 pm EST)
#ptsd – post-traumatic stress disorder
#psychology – psychology
#psychosocial – combination of psychological and social influences
#psychiatry – psychiatry
#selfcare – practicing self-care
#selfhelp – self-help resources
#selfinjury (also #cutting) – self-injury
#spoonie – “But You Don’t Look Sick” spoon theory (high volume)
#stress – stress
#stayalive – surviving and coping
#suicide – suicide (caution: also used in contexts not for suicide prevention; high volume)
#suicideprevention – suicide prevention info
#tbi – traumatic brain injury
#twloha – suicide prevention org To Write Love On Her Arms, @twloha (high volume)
#unsuicide – suicide prevention resources
#vaw – violence against women

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Jun 2010
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Kiume, S. (2010). Mental Health Hashtag List. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/06/02/mental-health-hashtag-list/

 

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