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Fanny Gravel-Patry: My inspiration

Social media can be a tool for mental health.

Communications: Why are women turning to Instagram to care for their mental health?  

I’ve long been fascinated by visual culture and the image sharing possibilities that have been developing alongside mobile technology and the internet. Although my early studies were in Art History, my own experiences with anxiety and how I’ve used Instagram in my recovery journey inspired me to explore the intersection between social media and women’s health. I want to foreground women’s online mental health initiatives and influence public policy to support greater research in this area that includes the voices and experiences of people living with mental illness.

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