#HealthySocialMedia: Building Positive Body Image on Social Media

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Registration from 9:00 am
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This interactive event will pull together people from various professional and personal backgrounds to discuss challenges and solutions for encouraging a #HealthySocialMedia as it relates to body image.

The format will include several short talks by various experts on the topics of social media, body image, body positivity, mental health, etc. In addition, we’ll have plenty of time for discussion, brainstorming, and meeting people.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This event will result in specific ideas and suggestions for maintaining a #HealthySocialMedia presence for young people, which will help them keep a balanced outlook on life and a positive body image.

Event Overview

You’ll hear brief talks by the following people/organisations and will have a chance to discuss your own ideas with them and brainstorm with other participants:

  • Mental Health Foundation will discuss the relationship between social media and negative body image and the need for change
  • Young people from Glasgow will share their own experiences of growing up in a digital and connected world  
  • Lizzie Brough, co-founder of a new and different social networking service Kindaba, will offer insight into how social media platforms operate and how their algorithms have evolved over time
  • Danni Gordon, a body positivity advocate, will tell us about the power of body positivity in your life in her talk “Free Up Your Life: The Impact of Positive Body Image”
  • Dr Petya Ecker, a researcher in health communication, social media and body image at Strathclyde, will talk about the power of grassroots movements for change

This event is co-organised with the Mental Health Foundation.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at:

  • People involved in mental health work, including third sector and clinicians
  • Professionals working with young people, such as teachers and community youth workers
  • Young people in secondary school or college/university
  • Parents/carers
  • Social media influencers
  • Academics working on social media, mental health, youth studies

Benefits of attending

Attending this interactive and dynamic event will:

  • challenge you to think in new ways about your own  life  on social media
  • empower you to treat your body in a more positive and protective way
  • inspire you to look for solutions to social media negativity and competitiveness


Petya Eckler
phone 0141 444 8321
Senior Lecturer: Journalism, media and communication
Julie Cameron
Head of Programmes, Scotland Mental Health Foundation

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