The World Health Organisation describes health promotion as enabling people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and protect individual people’s health and quality of life by addressing and preventing the root causes of ill health, not just focusing on treatment and cure. With over one billion monthly users, Instagram has become a go-to for mental health and well-being issues for many people. Instagram provides an immediacy and intimacy to the delivery of health promotion that large institutions simply cannot emulate. But as an organisation which works actively in this space, using social media platforms to disseminate music and mental health content and messaging to people around the world, I do have mixed feelings about this. How do consumers know which sites to choose or which health promotions are right? Join me this week as I talk to Mary Mangia, licensed mental health counsellor and Jayne Jaramillo, Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, co-founders of the total wellness hub, Collective View.
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