Youth Mental Health and Social Media: From Posting to Influencing

National Council Statement on 988’s Two-Year Anniversary

Parents, caregivers and providers play an important role in guiding how teens use social media. But it can be hard to know where to start! How are youth developing their online presence? What are the risks and rewards of posting and creating content? What does it mean to be an “influencer”?

Join Pam Pietruszewski, MA, senior advisor, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and Willough Jenkins, MD, child psychiatrist and medical director at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego — in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health — for Youth Mental Health and Social Media: From Posting to Influencing. This live virtual event on Wednesday, July 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, will explore what to expect when a young person posts online.

The webinar will also explore safety and privacy concerns when sharing content on social media, what to know about various platforms and how to talk to youth about social media in a way that encourages open conversation.

Want To Delve Further?

Continue the conversation with Pam Pietruszewski and Dr. Willough Jenkins in the Open Discussion on Wednesday, July 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. This will be a chance to ask follow-up questions and discuss what you have learned.Funding for the Center of Excellence was made possible by Grant No. SM087180 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the US Government.

Center of Excellence Social Media and Youth Mental Health from the American Academy of Pediatrics. SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.