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Day Two May 23 10:15pm-11:15pm

Keynote Panel | Mindful Scrolling: Exploring the Nexus of Social Media and Mental Health

Step into the dynamic world of social media and mental health as our expert panel navigates the complex landscape of both its positive and negative impacts. Join us for an insightful discussion featuring a social media influencer sharing their unique perspective on how this powerful platform has affected their mental well-being. Gain valuable insights from a lived experience individual as they bravely recount their struggles, including cyberbullying, shedding light on effective ways to deal with social media trolling.

Delve into the examination of social media safeguards – what works, what doesn't and who is actively implementing measures to ensure a safer online environment. Our panel will feature an expert shedding light on the neurological impact of social media, exploring the fascinating realm of dopamine receptors and why online harassment has such a profound effect on mental health.

Uncover the secrets behind the design and driving forces of social media platforms, as our panelists dissect the intricate workings and motivations of those shaping the digital landscape. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted relationship between social media and mental health, exploring solutions, challenges and the future of a digitally connected society.

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    Christopher Rainbow

    Manager, Digital Communities and Groups, SANE

About the Speaker

Christopher has over 15 years experience working in the mental health sector in both Australia and New Zealand. An experienced and person-centered service manager and researcher in the fields of digital mental health and suicide prevention, he has provided leadership in effective communication, collaboration and messaging about suicide. He has also demonstrated expertise in digital service management, peer support and evaluation, leading the development of the Beyond Now safety planning app, interactive video support groups and online peer support forums for SANE and Beyond Blue. As the Manager of Digital Communities and Groups at SANE Australia, Christopher leads the strategic development and operational management of digital platforms that support people living with complex mental health conditions.