Our supporters of SoMebythesea tell us why!

Greetings all,

Only 36 hours to register for early bird rates for @SoMebythesea, t

he inaugural social media event for the medical profession.

We are getting a lot of poistive feedback for the event, particularly from GP clincs who are right at this stage preparing to boost their social media presence and maximise the effectiveness of their website.

We have found a lot of social media is organised by practice managers, and if you would like to bring along your pracice manager, they can attend for the full day (including catering and materials) at the cost of $195 +GST (same as medical student or doctor in training).

Consulants can register until midnight Tuesday 30 September for $495 + GST

#SoMebythesea registration & payment form extended early bird

And here’s what one of our attendees has to say! Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician based in Melbourne who lives eats and breaths sleep, now on a global stage through social media.

See you soon @SoMebythesea

Shrinks and social media – my thoughts

Greetings all,

Here is my latest blogpost from How Shrinks Think, inspired by the excitement of @SoMebythesea and watching the registrations flowing in, I thought it timely to look at my own profession and what they could do better with regards social media.

There are countless mental health awareness campaigns around, which is wonderful, but all driven by large NGO’s and marketing companies. What is the perspective of a psychiatrist when it comes to these campaigns? By not engaging with the social media awareness campaigns we are purporting to be indifferent or non interested. I for one, am not happy with the lastest ABC campaign #mentalAs which coincides with Mental Health Week in October 2014. Sure it raises awareness about mental ilness, sure it uses a lot of celebrities to encourage others not to be embarrased to have a mental llness, but to call people¬†‘mental?’ Does this enhance or reduce stigma?

And what about psychiatrists speaking out about the giant elephant in the room – it’s all fine and dandy to ‘raise awareness’ but the public mental health system has been decimated when it comes to funding, resources and beds, particulalrly in Victoria, where I work. So where do these ‘mental’¬†people go?

Come on my profession, join the debate, speak up. It’s not enough to raise awareness when we can barely treat what we have right now. We can lobby for more funding than purely accept our lot.