Mental health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and providing the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity. The mental health discussion on social media is used as a way of helping those with mental illnesses cope with experiences such as stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, ADHD or learning disabilities, mood disorders, or other mental illnesses of varying degrees. Therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners or physicians can help manage mental illness with treatments such as therapy, counselling, or medication.

WHAT ARE THE INFLUENCERS SAYING?

We reached out to some of the top influencers on our list to ask them for their views on mental health. We spoke to André Picard (#4), Rebecca Lombardo (#15)Norman Lamb (#16)Hilary Jacobs Hendel (#18), Melanee (#19) and Denise McDermott MD (#21). Be sure to follow them to stay up to date on the best content and resources on mental health!


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - André PicardAndré Picard – Health Columnist, The Globe and Mail

“Mental health has long been the neglected step-sister of the health care system, in large part because sufferers were hidden away and forgotten. In recent years, people with mental illness, their families and friends have become more vocal and visible, and that is helping shatter negative stereotypes and combat stigma. The media has also played a large role in bringing mental health issues out of the shadows. But there is a long way to go before prevention, treatment and support services are adequate.”


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Maliykan A. Muhammad

Maliyka, MPH – Board Member at Stop Street Harassment,  Atlantic Region Stork’s Nest Coordinator Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

“This past May the mental health community did what it’s done for some years now…. Shed a light on mental health. Unlike any other May, I made sure to do my part and share information as well. However, this past May I really noticed something. Absent from the discussion is perinatal mental health. There is continued discussion about schizophrenia, depression, ADHD, bipolar, etc. however, there’s little to none about baby blues or post partum depression. This bothered me because this past May, I was 7 months pregnant and about to enter a realm that so many pregnant women enter… Potentially in need of perinatal mental health therapy.

 While we have come a long way in the field of perinatal mental health, we have so far to go. We in the public health field know that it exist however, we really aren’t doing our due diligence to ensure that just as much focus is placed on research and addressing it. Just like so many other conditions that are CIS female specific, perinatal mental health is not at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to mental health. Hopefully, one day soon we will get there. As for me, I have given birth to my baby and while I am not mentally ill, I have already located a therapist that I can chat with if only to give myself a weekly routine as I adjust to my new role. I won’t share how finding one that was covered under my insurance was an arduous task. What I will share is that we must do better. There are too many children dying at the hands of their mother. These mothers are potentially suffering from perinatal mental illness. By paying more attention to this condition, we might be able to save the next child at risk.”


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Rebecca LombardoRebecca Lombardo – Author of It’s Not Your Journey

“When it comes to mental illness, I have many hopes for the future, As someone that was diagnosed at age 19, I’ve seen a lot of things happen in 24 years. My opinion is that for every positive step forward, we’ve taken 3 steps backwards.  My personal goals are to keep talking to hopefully keep raising awareness.  The mental health community on social media especially, have some fantastic resources. We’ve all formed a team to put an end to the stigma that surrounds us all. I will always worry that perhaps we aren’t doing enough, but I feel that we’re all doing our best. Will those of us with mental illness ever be able to stand tall and hold our heads high; confident in our place in this world? Will we finally receive the respect that we deserve for our strength, compassion, and the battles we’ve faced? I am hopeful for that outcome. All we can do it keep fighting. If you ask any one of us, we’ll tell you that we’re prepared for that fight.”


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Norman LambNorman Lamb – Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk

 “We are in the middle of a cultural revolution as mental health comes out of the shadows. The Equality for Mental Health campaign is gaining momentum, breaking into the mainstream media and political discussion, but promised investment in new services is not materialising at the pace we need. We have made great strides in recent years – trebling the number of people accessing talking therapies, a new approach to mental health crisis care, a long-awaited strategy for children and young people’s mental health, and the first ever mental health access and waiting time standards in the NHS. Yet at the same time, mental health always loses out on funding because of an institutional bias against it – flawed financial incentives and an imbalance of rights.”


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Hilary Jacobs HendelHilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW Certified Psychotherapist and Supervisor at AEDP

“There are basically two categories of emotions. There are core emotions, like anger, joy and sadness, which when experienced viscerally lead to a sense of relief and clarity (even if they are initially unpleasant). And there are inhibitory emotions, like shame, guilt and anxiety, which serve to block us from experiencing core emotions.Children with too much shame grow up to be adults who can no longer sense their inner experiences. They learn not to feel, and they lose the ability to use their emotions as a compass for living. Somehow they need to recover themselves. Many psychotherapies focus on the content of the stories that people tell about themselves, looking for insights that can be used to fix what’s wrong. By contrast, accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy and other trauma therapies focus on fostering awareness of the emotional life of the patient as it unfolds in real time in front of the therapist. The therapist is actively affirming, emotionally engaged and supportive. She encourages the patient to attend not only to his or her thoughts and emotions but also to the physical experience of those thoughts and emotions.”


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Melanee

Melanee – Working Mom

“I’m a mom of a child with mental illness it a daily struggle to maintain sanity in the home so I use Twitter to gain insight and information and as a stress reliever for me as a place to vent at time as well as provide support to other parents faced with the same challenges as myself.”


Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Dr Denise McDermott

Denise McDermott MD – Adult & Child Psychiatrist at drdenisemd.com

“As a society we need to embrace mental health and wellness in every environment. We need to be proactive not reactive. We all thrive when individuals thrive”


MAPPING THE COMMUNITY

We were very interested in seeing which mental health influencers and brands were leading the online discussion, so we analysed 818K+  tweets from 24th February – 23rd May 2016 mentioning the keyword: “mentalhealth”. We then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter. What we discovered was a very engaged community, with much discussion between individuals and brands. Below you can see a network map of the online conversation with the number 1 brand Mental Health Foundation at the centre. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). Be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.

Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Network Map 1 - Mental Health Foundation

Below you can see another network map created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM) showing the #16 influencer Norman Lamb at the center and the conversations to and from the influencers in his field:

Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Network Map 2 - Norman Lamb

 

Here is another network map highlighting the #6 brand MIND, and the conversations to and from the different influencers in their field. If you are interested in learning more about identifying, managing and engaging with influencers click here to get in touch!

Onalytica - Mental Health Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Network Map 3 - Mind

TOP 100 INDIVIDUALS

We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top influencers in mental health. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the full report by clicking the download button below.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Company Influencer Score
1 @electroboyusa Andy Behrman electroboy.com 100
2 @lucianaberger Luciana Berger Labour Co-operative Party 71.08
3 @bryanwempen Bryan Wempen Netsmart Technologies 60.64
4 @picardonhealth André Picard The Globe and Mail 59.2
5 @DysthymicDad Jean-François Claude themensden.ca 58.44
6 @PookyH Dr Pooky Knightsmith cwmt.org.uk 55.85
7 @MaliykaisHealth Maliyka, MPH maliykaishealth.com 55.68
8 @Sectioned_ Mental Health bit.ly/1Yun9cC 41.31
9 @jbuchana Jim Buchanan buchanan1.net 52.36
10 @garyhgoodridge Gary H Goodridge bigdaddymma.com 51.33
11 @SMartinLCSW Sharon Martin, LCSW bit.ly/1ZU9WIQ 49.12
12 @ptsdjedi ptsd jedi ptsdjedi.com 44.18
13 @DrMDolan Moira Dolan smartmedinfo.com 43.78
14 @drjoyce_knudsen Dr. Joyce drjoyceknudsen.com 42
15 @BekaLombardo Rebecca Lombardo rebeccalombardo.com 41.12
16 @normanlamb Norman Lamb The Liberal Democrats 40.76
17 @DrG_NHS Geraldine Strathdee NHS England 40.16
18 @HilaryJHendel Hilary Jacobs Hendel hilaryjacobshendel.com 38.74
19 @MsAzsunshinegal Melanee Working Mum 38.12
20 @AllanRogers10 Allan Rogers, PhD Ryerson University 38.12
21 @DrDeniseMD Denise McDermott MD bit.ly/1WOYoIL 37.94
22 @rachelgriffin22 Rachel Griffin wehaveapples.com 35.41
23 @mariashriver Maria Shriver shrivermedia.com 34.99
24 @AlistairBurtMP Alistair Burt The Conservative Party 32.99
25 @LollyDaskal Lolly Daskal lollydaskal.com 32.84
26 @vinylarm Lloyd Armstrong nep.nhs.uk 32.37
27 @heylandsberg Michael Landsberg SickNotWeak.com 30.9
28 @rambling911 Krista Sayeau Canadian Red Cross 30.76
29 @Robinson_Linds Lindsay Robinson http://bit.ly/21oHLCj 30.67
30 @Jenny_Edwards Jenny_Edwards Mental Health Foundation 30.59
31 @BMarshall Machine Marshall project375.org 29.66
32 @GuyWinch Guy Winch guywinch.com 28.74
33 @Jess_Hill1 Jess Hill bit.ly/1Ytb2wm 28.45
34 @RachelintheOC Rachel Thompson bit.ly/BPlaces 27.97
35 @theJeremyVine Jeremy Vine jeremyvine.tv 27.34
36 @VictoriaLIVE Victoria Derbyshire BBC 27.02
37 @AlexMunterCHEO Alex Munter cheo.on.ca 26.94
38 @nbrez Niall Breslin alustforlife.com 26.62
39 @dougleddin Doug Leddin http://bit.ly/1UaNbwu 26.21
40 @WesselyS Simon Wessely King’s College London 25.56
41 @Rubywax Ruby Wax rubywax.net 25.47
42 @MordiOfficial HRH Mordi Joel (M.J) United Nations 25.21
43 @LukeTyburski Luke Tyburski luketyburski.com 24.8
44 @mentalcapital Chris O’Sullivan Mental Health Foundation 24.78
45 @debraruh Debra Ruh RuhGlobal.com 24.52
46 @SeanAstin Sean Astin seanastin.com 24.45
47 @MarkOneinFour Markoneinfour oneinfourmag.org 24.21
48 @markhenick Mark Henick ontario.cmha.ca 23.65
49 @ChelseaKrost Chelsea Krost chelseakrost.com 23.31
50 @NatashaDevonMBE Natasha Devon selfesteemteam.org 23.21

 

TOP 100 BRANDS

In the top 100 brands we can find a great selection of organisations such as the Mental Health Foundation, WHO and Mind, as well as industry resources such as Psych Central and Let’s Talk Mental Health. Below is the top 50, be sure to download the report to get the full top 100 list, and see who are most the influential brands in mental health.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @mentalhealth Mental Health Fdn 100
2 @911well Mind-Body Wellness 96.88
3 @WHO WHO 49.54
4 @PsychCentral PsychCentral 48.28
5 @TimeToChangeJP LetsTalkMentalHealth 33.16
6 @MindCharity Mind 28.47
7 @NHSEngland NHS England 28.12
8 @WomensHealthMag Women’s Health 26.76
9 @AntiStigma Anti Stigma 25.26
10 @Bell_LetsTalk Bell Let’s Talk 25.03
11 @KristaPfr The Sunny Shadow 24.61
12 @Better_Togethr Team BetterTogether 20.08
13 @ConquerWorry ConquerWorry™ 19
14 @PlusGuidance PlusGuidance 17.23
15 @CMHA_NTL CMHA National 16.49
16 @PsychToday Psychology Today 15.56
17 @DrAndyMayers Dr Andrew Mayers 15.37
18 @CAMHnews CAMH 14.93
19 @NAMICommunicate NAMI 14.29
20 @HealthyPlace HealthyPlace 13.58
21 @NIMHgov Mental Health NIMH 13.24
22 @MentalHealthAm MentalHealthAmerica 12.84
23 @cynchazen CYNCHAZEN 12.47
24 @HHSGov HHS.gov 12.42
25 @ClintonFdn Clinton Foundation 12.15
26 @samhsagov SAMHSA 12.06
27 @womenshealth womenshealth.gov 11.82
28 @MHCC_ MHCC 11.35
29 @MHealthMatterS Mental Health Matter 11.34
30 @ysb_bsj YouthServicesBureau 11.27
31 @StampStigma Stamp Out Stigma 10.82
32 @MHChat Mental Health Chat 10.36
33 @ptsdstigma PTSD Stigma 10.13
34 @Active_Minds Active Minds, Inc. 9.99
35 @PartnersforMH Partners for MH 9.79
36 @ottawahealth Ottawa Public Health 9.63
37 @MHReform Mental Health Reform 9.52
38 @CivicActionGTHA CivicAction 9.46
39 @Time4Recovery Time4Recovery 9.12
40 @TimetoChange Time to Change 8.69
41 @CareQualityComm CQC 7.94
42 @CMHAOntario CMHA Ontario 7.78
43 @teamnotashamed I’m Not Ashamed 7.72
44 @TruehopeEmpower Truehope Nutritional 7.7
45 @EndTheMHStigma Mental Health Stigma 7.65
46 @SickNotWeak SickNotWeak 7.64
47 @seemescotland See Me 7.46
48 @nationalcouncil National Council 7.26
49 @CentreforMH CentreforMH 7.24
50 @TheRoyalMHC The Royal 7.19

 

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Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion in mental health.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations are independent of a user’s number of followers, but we do filter our lists based on how much a user is engaged in the conversation and the influence they drive through their networks.

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