As Mental Health Awareness Week gets underway, Office of Communications (Ofcom) has published a study exploring the role online media literacy can play in supporting people’s mental health.
The report highlights real-world case studies of media literacy projects and initiatives being carried out by 14 mental health services, charities and other community organisations across the UK:
- Boys’ Biggest Conversation
- Care Opinion
- The Female Lead
- Fostering Digital Skills – Internet Matters
- Greater Manchester Social Switch
- Mixy and Chill – Taraki
- Self Esteem Team
- The Hive
- Passion 4 Fusion
- WISE KIDS
- Worth Warrior
Each of the initiatives is designed to help people from a particular group or community to build digital literacy and resilience skills to address a particular mental health challenge. Some of the issues tackled include body image, suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders.
During the study, Ofcom spoke to people running online support services, mental health practitioners, as well as people participating in a range of initiatives. They speak frankly about their lived experiences, the multi-faceted challenges they face, how they’ve tackled them, and what others can learn.
The key learning from Ofcom’s study is that good media literacy can and does support positive mental health; importantly that means knowing how to easily access help and support, as well as having the tools and confidence to navigate and manage online risks. Ofcom’s media literacy research reveals that a majority of people who use the internet have been online to support their wellbeing, and this is particularly true among younger people (aged 16 to 24).
In sharing this study, Ofcom aim to further the conversation around the intersection between mental health and media literacy. They hope it will help to generate ideas and promote further opportunities for action, and offer useful information to policymakers and those organisations involved in delivering, funding and commissioning similar projects and initiatives.
To find out more about the media literacy work, visit the Making Sense of Media area of Ofcom’s website.
Source & image: Ofcom
Our range of innovative solutions can be tailored to suit your unique requirements, no matter whether you’re currently working from home, or are continuing to go into the office. Our services can be deployed individually or combined to form a broader solution to release your energies and focus on your clients.
Need A Regulatory Marketing Compliance Consultant? A Bit More About Us
Why Not Download our FREE Brochures! Click here.
Call Us Today on 020 8087 2377 or send us an email.
We welcome individual bloggers / Professional Writers / Freelancers to submit high quality contents. Find out more…
You can see our Google reviews here.
Connect with us via social media and drop us a message from there. We’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help.