Since the Coronavirus pandemic began we have been bombarded with information; it dominates the headline news, our social media feeds and most of the daily conversations we are having. This is the first pandemic in history in which technology and social media are being used on a massive scale to keep people informed. At the same time, the technology we rely on to keep us connected and informed is enabling and amplifying an infodemic.
An infodemic is an overabundance of information, both online and offline. There is mounting research showing that seemingly endless newsfeeds related to COVID-19 infection and death rates could considerably increase the risk of mental health problems.
So what can we do to help our mental health? In this panel discussion, we explore the role of the media, the psychology involved in processing information and look at what we can do to reduce the long-term impact on our mental health.
This event will take place on University Mental Health day. This day brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing year-round change to the future of mental health. If you're chatting about this event online please use the hashtag #UniMentalHealthDay.
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