Social media: Challenges and benefits for mental health and wellbeing


Tuesday 14 November 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Psychiatry Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Tumblr. Pinterest. YouTube. What do these websites mean to you? For the majority of the younger generation, these websites are a regular aspect of everyday life.

But what effect is social media having on us? How is it influencing the development of young people? We’re dedicating a one-day event to discussing the most important aspects of the ever-changing social media industry. 

What we'll be discussing

  • The benefits and challenges of existing forms of social media
  • How social media can be used as a means of mental health and wellbeing support
  • The impact and initiatives to tackle cyber abuse including online grooming
  • Awareness of organisations that offer support for individuals at risk of online radicalisation
  • How to appropriately manage your online presence as a professional


We want to hear your thoughts. Get involved online with #SoMePsych and come and discuss with us on the 14 November 2017

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Dr Mark Griffiths @DrMarkGriffiths


Professor Mary Aiken @MaryCyPsy


Dr Damian Roland @damian_roland


Dr Rhys Jones @drwrjones 

Dr Jon Goldin @DrJonGoldin


8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Dorothy Newton, Higher Trainee in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and Dr Camilla Sen, Education Fellow, RSM

Session 1

9.10 am

Introduction: Benefits and challenges of social media on mental health and wellbeing

Professor Michael Maier, former Head, London Specialty School of Psychiatry and President, Psychiatry Section, RSM

9.20 am

The cyber effect: Cyber babies to sexting teens

Dr Mary Aiken, Adjunct Associate Professor, University College Dublin

9.40 am

Risks and benefits of social media for children and young people

Dr Jon Goldin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

10.00 am

Support for gender dysphoria

Jan Sampson, Educational Lead, Mermaids, Liverpool

10.20 am

Panel discussion

10.35 am

Tea and coffee break

Session 2

11.05 am

Cyber abuse: Law and ethics around cyber abuse and grooming

Heather Carr, Safeguarding Lead, Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command

11.25 pm

Cyber abuse: Who's responsibility is it?

Simone Benhayon, Founder and Director, All Rise Say No to Cyber Abuse

11.45 am

Gaming addiction and appropriate boundaries for young people using social media

Dr Mark Griffiths, Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction, Nottingham Trent University

12.05 pm

Problem gambling and internet use: A UK perspective

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Director, National Problem Gambling Clinic, London and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

12.25 pm

Eating disorders and social media

Dr William Rhys Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead and Dr Monique Schelhase, Associate Specialist in Eating Disorders, Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, Leeds

12.45 pm

Panel discussion

1.00 pm


Session 3

2.00 pm

Mental health and extremism: How we support individuals vulnerable to online radicalisation

Professor Edgar Jones, Professor of Psychiatry and History of Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

2.20 pm

Sleep, social media and mental health

Dr Charlie Tyack, Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Medicine, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

2.40 pm

Guidance for personal social media presence as healthcare professionals

Dr Damian Roland, Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and University of Leicester

3.00 pm

Panel discussion

3.20 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session 4

3.50 pm

Panel debate: What are social media providers doing to protect the mental health and wellbeing of individuals using their online platforms?

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Dr Becky Inkster, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Dr Mary Aiken, Adjunct Associate Professor, University College Dublin

Dr Charlie Tyack, Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Medicine, Evalina London Children’s Hospital

Dr Damian Roland, Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and University of Leicester

4.40 pm

Introduction to a film

4.30 pm

Closing remarks

4.45 pm

Close of meeting

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