Last week was very exciting for we Social Media and Healthcare types in Leeds. “Blogs for Breakfast” was held on Thursday 13th October, an event run as part of both the Leeds Digital Festial and the Love Arts Leeds festival It was a real crossover event, celebrating how to use digital technology to support wellness, to promote good mental health, and for personal expression.
This was exciting for me, and the other parnellists (@re_connection, @wellnessHQ, @MikeChitty and @PhilKirby) and represented a huge success for the organisers, @LoveArtsLeeds and @LeanneBuchanan of @LDSdigital.
The audience was very varied- I spotted people from the digital sector, from statutory and voluntary services, people with a personal interest in the topic and people looking to respond as professionals using the tools discussed. The event also trended on Twitter in Leeds, which goes to show the intensity of some of the surrounding Social Media discussion.
For those, like me who have been able to see the possibilities for using Social Media in Healthcare (specifically, both in clinical applications and in terms of staff development), it was wonderful to see how gradually, more and more people are sharing that vision.
Far from being a fringe interest of the statutory, voluntary and business sectors, the issue is becoming mainstream. The efficiencies, added value and opportunities to improve the end user experience of healthcare mean that as more people understand these opportunities, the number of people interested in talking about the possibilities grows and grows.
All photos from Kilo75 FlickR group- Blogs for Breakfast Set.
Thank you @MonicaTailor
It was great to share ideas and insights with other panellists. As always, it is a great experience to meet up with others who “get it”. But the best feeling comes from showing some people the possibilities; from sharing personal experience; from allaying some of the fears and anxieties that are barriers to Social Media use. When that happens, it feels like all the hard work put in behind the scenes to work out how to use the tools, the efforts to integrate that knowledge with other understanding, including professional learning- when it feels like there is a new “convert”- that’s the best feeling in the world.
In fact, without these regular experiences, my wellbeing would really suffer.
Identifying this is important, because it motivates me to continue to get out there and talk about my vision of how Mental Health and Wellbeing Services could be improved by use of Social Media and digital technology. We all need to continually assess our drive and motivation to complete the tasks we have set ourselves, whether in paid work, volunteering, community activity, or however we define “productivity”. Reflecting on these gives a depth of appreciation for the opportunities we have.
So thank you to everyone who came to the session, who asked such great questions and shared their own experiences and knowledge so generously. I can’t wait to see you again, soon. Let’s keep growing, together.
@WellbeingHQ has also blogged about his reactions to attending this event.