The Top 10 Mental Health Influencers on Twitter
I've spent a lot of time on Twitter over in the past year.
More and more, I am seeing it as a platform that people are using to have authentic mental health conversations.
My hunch is that people's needs are not being met elsewhere, so they are turning to Twitter to have discussions about mental health issues--whether it's about finding treatment, sharing strategies, or just looking to feel heard by individuals who truly get it.
From last October until now, I've grown from 300 followers to almost 5,600 followers today.
And it's all because I consistently tweet about what I believe--that mental health information should be accessible and meaningful.
That's why I started Nerve 10 just over a year ago.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 mental health influencers on Twitter, as I see it.
These are real people sharing authentic stories about their experiences with mental health. I selected individuals rather than mental health organizations because I believe that we all benefit when individuals display their vulnerability for the world to see. When individuals "go first," it creates the space for others to open up and share their truth as well.
That's what I aim to do on Nerve 10.
Every week I publish articles and poems--whether my own or from guest bloggers--that show what it means to find meaning in our mental health experiences.
So without further ado for (for real this time), here are 10 mental health influencers on Twitter who I admire for their effort to educate others about mental health:
1. Brien Blatt - @brienblatt
Ok, maybe there was some rationale behind putting this particular individual first.
Brien Blatt is an absolute presence on Twitter. He is vocal about his experience living with mental health issues, and he is always leading by example, starting conversations to move the mental health narrative forward. A genuinely nice guy, I'm happy to put Mr. Blatt at the top of my list.
2. Ruth Fox - @FoxInTheBox05
Ruth is a relative newcomer to the Twitter mental health scene, but she is tour-de-force. At only 19, Ruth shows vulnerability on a daily basis by honestly sharing her struggles with depression. As I understand it, Ruth climbed out of a pretty scary place, and she is now an author and a regular speaker. On top of all that, Ruth plays football (soccer for all my readers here in the U.S...) for Cambridge United WFC. Seriously impressive.
3. Matt Haig - @matthaig1
Not all of us are big-time authors and can amass a huge following on Twitter like Matt Haig, but then again, not all authors consistently and compellingly tweet about mental health.
Haig is the real deal. His tweets are sometimes irreverent--but they always come from a place of hard-earned wisdom. Prepare to be entertained. These tweets are hilarious.
4. Scott Ste Marie - @expressionscott
I think he is just now shifting more towards Twitter, and I'm pleased to see him bring his unique (and I mean unique) style to the Twitter mental health scene. When I first came across Scott's videos, I have to admit, I found them a bit bizarre. But once I slapped my ego aside and actually gave his videos a chance, I realized that Scott was doing something special.
You can tell that he is refreshingly genuine and absolutely committed to helping others make sense of their mental health.
5. Randolph Dennis Gowing - @hifunctionorg
This one is a little different. I don't have too much experience connecting with this gentleman, but I can say that he is always tweeting good mental health content. His following is a testament to his consistency and hard work in sharing content that others want to see. You can also check out his website at www.hifunction.org.
6. The Anxiety Man - @RealAnxietyMan
I live with anxiety, so I immediately took notice of this man--the anxiety man, to be exact--and his ability to connect with his followers on Twitter. His tweets about anxiety are always informative and eloquently worded. He also has a website with a blog that he regularly updates, so be sure to check that out as well.
7. Hattie Gladwell - @hatttiegladwell
Hattie is a writer for metro.co.uk and a reliable source of mental health information on Twitter.
Her tweets may come across as a bit harsh at times, but this world needs people to aggressively raise awareness for mental health. You can tell she really believes in what she does, and she has a loyal Twitter following who agree with her.
8. Dr. Denise McDermott - @DrDeniseMD
Dr. McDermott--known as Dr. Denise on Twitter--is one of the more well-known names on this list. She is a California psychiatrist and has been around for as long as I can remember tweeting out uplifting mental health content. She also shares personal videos to connect with her audience.
We need more doctors doing what Dr. Denise does.
9. Patrick J. Kennedy - PJK4brainhealth
You will likely also recognize this name. Patrick Kennedy is a former congressman from Rhode Island, and he lives with bipolar disorder. He has made it his mission (just look at his Twitter handle) to educate the world about mental health issues.
10. Dr. Beth Frates - @BethFratesMD
I'm rounding out this list with another doctor who is making a difference on Twitter. Her content isn't always about mental health; rather, it's about living a life of wellness and meaning.
With that being my goal here at Nerve 10, I thought Dr. Beth Frates would be a perfect way to cap off this list of the top 10 mental health influencers on Twitter.
P.S. A special shout-out to Rebecca of @KeepTalkingMH for retweeting countless mental health influencers so that their voices can be heard. Use the hashtag #keeptalkingmh, and Rebecca retweets as many as she possibly can.
What do you think of this list?
Did I leave off someone important? Do you wholeheartedly disagree with every single name on this list? Do you just want to say hello and wish me well?
Then, leave a comment below!
Twitter is all about starting conversations, and whether you like it or not, it's hard to deny that important mental health conversations are being had on Twitter every single day.