What is it about?

The aim of this scoping review of the available research evidence was to explore the experiences and perceptions of people with mental health difficulties through the use of blogs

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Why is it important?

To better understand and learn how online narratives can shed light on often previously unheard experiences of people with mental health problems, and their experiences of and attitudes toward receiving care. Consequently, there is the potential that collated findings can offer an evidence base to inform interventions, outreach and further research.


The review highlights the need to harmonize the specific safety concerns raised in the public sphere with the potential benefits of sharing personal narratives of mental health difficulties in the private sphere. Online narratives offer practitioners and researchers the opportunity to chart and critically examine the firsthand experiences of using mental health services through an unfiltered lens.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Exploring Mental Health Issues through the Use of Blogs: A Scoping Review of the Research Evidence, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, January 2020, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1666326.
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