Mental Strength The 7 Worst Pieces of Mental Health Advice You’ll Find on Social Media By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on February 24, 2023 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 242 More About the Podcast Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts / Amazon Music Friday Fix: Episode 242 You’ve probably heard that social media is bad for your mental health. It’s no surprise that mindless scrolling wastes time, and viewing photoshopped images of people who look perfect and appear to have perfect lives can also affect how you feel. But those aren’t the only reasons social media can harm your psychological well-being. The truth is, there’s a lot of bad mental health advice floating around. Many people seek positive affirmations, mental health tips, and online strategies for building mental strength. Unfortunately, many social media tips on improving mental health aren’t accurate, and some strategies can be downright damaging. Many slogans, mantras, and tips just aren’t correct. But if they sound catchy, get paired with some cool music, or appear on an amazing video, those bad mental health advice pieces can go viral. Whether we’re talking about Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok, the more likes, comments, and shares a piece of content has, the more likely people are to believe it’s true. But just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s accurate. So in this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I clarify some common misconceptions about mental health, relationships, emotions, and human behavior that frequently get shared on social media. How Does Social Media Play a Role in Depression? More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram Check out Amy’s books on mental strength If You Liked This Episode, You Might Also Like These Episodes: Friday Fix: 5 Signs You’re Giving Negative People Too Much Power Over Your Life How to Deal With Difficult People With Psychotherapist Andrea Bonior Friday Fix: How to Respond to Unhelpful Thoughts Cosmetic Procedures Are Dominating Social Media, What Does This Mean For Mental Health? By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.