Social media is a big part of our everyday lives but unfortunately, for many of us, so is mental illness.
We often hear about the negative effects of social media on our mental health, but increasingly people are starting to use it as an outlet to create positive change.
Facebook and Twitter are becoming places where people are speaking out, seeking to break the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Today is World Mental Health Day and the start of Mental Health Week. Already, many people have taken to Facebook and Twitter offering support and encouragement to one another.
"Please take time to take care of your mental health. Seek help. Reach out to someone," one user said on Twitter.
today is "world mental health day"
please take time to take care of your mental health. seek help. reach out to someone.
💪🏼❤️— 🔮 (@aqmaraziz) October 10, 2016
On World Mental Health Day, we encourage people to seek the help they need. OneWave on Bondi is helping to break down the stigma in Aus. pic.twitter.com/H76MKwQ2iW— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) October 9, 2016
World mental health day tomorrow. Let's get talking, let's remove the stigma. #Glitch— spanelli (@KellySpanelli) October 9, 2016
This isn't the only time we've seen people speaking positively about mental health awareness online.
Earlier this year, men across the globe joined forces to raise awareness about suicide prevention in the #ItsOkayToTalk campaign.
It was a simple concept, where men posted selfies while doing the okay sign, along with the hashtag #ItsOkayToTalk -- then they had to tag five friends to do the same.
Mental Health Australia is currently encouraging people to make a mental health promise and share it online.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a shift in the conversation that needs to be had not just in Mental Health Week -- but all year round.Suggest a correction