The Good, Bad, and Ugly: Mental Health, Substance Use, and Social Media

1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Chesapeake 7-9


Social media is here to stay but navigating the pros and cons isn’t getting any easier. How can coalitions work to reduce the negative impact of social media on young people and families? How can prevention influence the intersection of social media, mental health, and substance use? These issues seem daunting…where do we start? Join us for this session as we unpack the role social media plays in our lives and how to mitigate the risk of use.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the oxymoron that is “social” media and its impact on mental health and social isolation.

2. Analyze community level data and factors that indicate the impact of social media on mental health, substance use, relationships, predatory behavior, and drug availability.

3. Identify and integrate effective strategies that impact healthy social media usage and community risk factors for social isolation.


Kristina Clark
CADCA Trainer
Rikki Barton
Founder/Lead Consultant
Onward Consulting