Social Media and Mental Health
The rapid development of social networking sites (SNSs) has caused several profound changes in the way people communicate and interact. Some research has linked associated online social networking with several psychiatric disorders, including depressive symptoms, anxiety and low self-esteem. Since social networks are a relatively new phenomenon, many questions regarding their potential impact on mental health remain unanswered. Due to the popularity of these online services in the general population, any future confirmed connection between them and psychiatric diseases would pose a serious public health concern. This activity will focus on the application and effects of social media on mental health and the associated risks and benefits. The role of peer-supported networks and the future direction of social media will also be discussed.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.
This activity is supported by Optum Consumer Solutions Group.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, therapists, case managers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians interested in the effects of social media on mental health.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define social media and its prevalence among younger age groups.
- Discuss the effects of social media on mental health.
- Identify the risks and benefits of social media.
- Recognize mental health wellbeing in social media groups.
- Describe social media application to disaster-related mental health.
- Explain the role of peer-supported networks.
- Explore the future directions and new avenues to social media.
Badr Javed, MD
Behavioral Medical Director
Optum/United Behavioral Health
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Lorenzo Triana, MD
Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Optum Behavioral Health
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Ms. Gleason has indicated she is an employee of and owns stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-19-182-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 14 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and, while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board's approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General