Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
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Mental health information online: what we have learned from social media metrics in BuzzFeed’s Mental Health Week

Informações de saúde mental on-line: o que aprendemos com as métricas de mídias sociais na Semana de Saúde Mental do BuzzFeed

Thais Martini; Leticia S. Czepielewski; Daniel Prates Baldez; Emma Gliddon; Christian Kieling; Lesley Berk; Michael Berk; Marcia Kauer-Sant’; Anna

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Abstract Introduction The Internet has seen rapid growth in the number of websites focusing on mental health content. Considering the increased need for access to accurate information about mental health treatment, it is important to understand the promotion of this information online. Objective To analyze BuzzFeed’s Mental Health Week (BFMHW) interactions on its own website and in related social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) using metrics of information delivery in mental health topics. Methods We extracted social media metrics from the 20 posts with the highest number of BuzzFeed interactions on the BFMHW website and from 41 videos available on the BFMHW playlist created by the BuzzFeed Video profile on YouTube. We analyzed the format and content used in BuzzFeed’s publishing methods as well as the following social media metrics: exposure (presence online, views and time online), influence (likes) and engagement (comments, shares, replies and BuzzFeed interactions). Results Analysis of the variables revealed that audience engagement is associated with the number of medias in which the content is published: views on YouTube and shares on Facebook (0.71, p<0.001), total interactions on Facebook (0.66, p<0.001) and BuzzFeed number of total interactions (0.56, p<0.001). Conclusions Our results suggest that videos on YouTube may be an important information channel, including activity and engagement on other medias such as Facebook. Information may be more effective in reaching the audience if it is delivered in more than one media and includes personal experiences, some humor in content and detailed information about treatment.


Mental health online, social media metrics, engagement, BuzzFeed, Mental Health Week, psychiatry


Resumo Introdução O número de sites com foco em conteúdo de saúde mental vem crescendo rapidamente. Considerando a necessidade crescente de acesso a informações precisas sobre tratamento em saúde mental, é importante entender a promoção dessas informações on-line. Objetivo Analisar as interações da Semana de Saúde Mental do BuzzFeed (BuzzFeed’s Mental Health Week – BFMHW) em seu próprio site e em plataformas de mídia social relacionadas (Facebook, Twitter e YouTube) usando métricas de entrega de informações em tópicos de saúde mental. Métodos Extraímos métricas de mídias sociais das 20 postagens com o maior número de interações no site da BFMHW e de 41 vídeos disponíveis na playlist da BFMHW criada pelo perfil BuzzFeed Video no YouTube. Analisamos o formato e o conteúdo usados nos métodos de publicação do BuzzFeed, bem como as seguintes métricas de mídias sociais: exposição (presença on-line, visualizações e tempo on-line), influência (curtidas) e engajamento (comentários, compartilhamentos, respostas e interações do BuzzFeed). Resultados A análise das variáveis revelou que o envolvimento do público está associado ao número de mídias em que o conteúdo é publicado: visualizações no YouTube e compartilhamentos no Facebook (0,71, p <0,001), interações totais no Facebook (0,66, p <0,001) e número de interações totais no BuzzFeed (0,56, p <0,001). Conclusões Nossos resultados sugerem que o YouTube pode ser um importante canal de informações, incluindo atividades e envolvimento em outras mídias, como o Facebook. As informações podem alcançar o público de forma mais eficaz se forem exibidas em mais de uma mídia e incluírem experiências pessoais, algum humor no conteúdo e informações detalhadas sobre o tratamento.


Saúde mental on-line, métricas de mídia social, engajamento, BuzzFeed, Semana de Saúde Mental, psiquiatria


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