E27: Combating Mental Health Misinformation on Social Media
There is growing concern regarding the dissemination of misinformation online. Many believe that the driving force behind this “infodemic” are social media platforms, which are rife with anti-science sentiment and misleading information. The health sciences have become a particular target for this misinformation, psychology and mental health included. Thankfully, there is a growing group of people, professional and otherwise, who dedicate their time and effort to combat the deceptions and misunderstandings. One of these people is YouTuber and therapist/social worker Mickey Atkins. Trauma Report writer Hannah Mugford sat down with Mickey to discuss the general topic of psychology and mental health misinformation, along with her experience confronting it through her online presence.