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The Top Mental Health TikTok Influencers — and Why They’re Important

Many social media outlets, including TikTok, have enabled mental health professionals, activists, and advocates around the world to create helpful content — from reels about what it’s really like to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using the #ocdawareness hashtag, to anxiety coping tips, to often-missed signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in girls and women — that could potentially reach, and help, millions of viewers.

But remember, not all content on social media is accurate — and mental health content is no exception. Read more about how to know if the social media health info you receive is trustworthy, and the top mental health influencers to follow in Everyday Health.

Michelle Pugle, February 2022, Everyday Health

Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, 30, died by suicide on January 30, 2022. Kryst was the oldest contestant to ever win Miss USA at age 28 — just one of her many successes in life.

Kryst was also an attorney in North Carolina who fought for legal reform and provided pro bono legal services to people who received unjust prison sentences. She was an entertainment news correspondent for Extra, a fashion blogger who founded the blog White Collar Glam, and a volunteer for Dress for Success, a global nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence.

With a list of accomplishments as long as Kryst’s, you might never have guessed she lived with depression. Read more in Everyday Health.

Featuring interviews with:

  • Allison Young, MD, an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine in New York City and a psychiatry medical reviewer for Everyday Health.

Michelle Pugle, February 2022, Everyday Health

You’re probably familiar with “Dr. Google” — aka using Google to try to self-diagnose a health issue, and jumping to the conclusion that you have cancer or you’re dying. Now there’s a new version for the younger crowd: “Dr. TikTok?”

Read what mental experts have to say about the new trend in Everyday Health. Featuring interviews with:

Michelle Pugle, December 2021, Everyday Health

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, added to the chorus of experts expressing concern of the state of the mental health of American youths last week, issuing an advisory about the pressing need to address the mental health crisis among the nation’s youth. Read more in Everyday Health.

Featuring interviews with:

  • Maya Smith, executive director of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation for youth mental health

  • David Vidaurre, licensed master social worker and senior therapist at The Dorm, which specializes in mental healthcare for young adults in New York City and Washington, DC

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