Guidelines for Social Media

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The health communicator’s social media toolkit

This toolkit, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will help you get started using social media.  Learn how to develop governance, develop a social media strategy, and determine which social media channels best meet your communications objectives. The toolkit also provides overviews of popular social media channels, outlining the cost, resources required, and key audience for each.

Social Media

CDC’s guide to writing for social media

This guide, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was designed to provide guidance to help you write more effectively for different new media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and mobile phone text messaging.

Social Media

Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention

The Entertainment Industries Council’s TEAM Up Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention provide tips for organizations and individuals communicating about mental health and suicide on social media to reduce stigma, increase help seeking behavior and help prevent suicide.

Social Media

Recommendations for reporting on suicide

Released in 2011, the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The research-based recommendations include suggestions for online media, message boards, bloggers, and "citizen journalists."

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