#IHMayDay: Tweeting for empowerment and social and emotional wellbeing

Melissa Sweet, Lynore Geia, Pat Dudgeon, Kerry MCCALLUM

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    Objective: This paper examines the themes of #IHMayDay, a day-long Twitter discussion about Indigenous health led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on 1 May 2014. Method: The Symplur analytics tool was used to identify the Twitter activity associated with #IHMayDay. This paper reviews the content of 423 tweets that were tweeted and retweeted by 346 individuals and 108 organisations. Results: Issues related to social and emotional wellbeing were dominant, and the analysis highlights the empowering nature of the strengths-based discourse. Conclusions: Twitter-based events such as #IHMayDay and initiatives such as the rotated, curated account @IndigenousX are powerful platforms for learning, exchange, advocacy and dialogue about the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)636-640
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


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