New project monitors social media for signs of mental illness By Lauren O’Neil, CBC News Canadian and French researchers are working on algorithm to screen online posts for warning signs Every minute of every day, approximately 347,000 tweets, 293,000 Facebook statuses and 400 hours worth of YouTube videos are uploaded to the web — along with astronomical amounts of information about social media users’ lives and habits. Marketers have been harvesting this data READ MORE

Social media isn’t increasing mental illness, but it can help fight it The increasing public sentiment and media reports that logging off social media will solve mental health problems are not only completely unfounded but could actually be damaging. Decades of research has shown very clearly that mental illness and suicide are extremely complex. Attempting to identify a single cause oversimplifies the nature of mental illness READ MORE