Let’s Socialize (Feb 19, 2014)

Let’s Socialize

Promoting the benefits of social networking and healthy relationships.

            Relationships, such as between a nurse and a patient, foster a response that, hopefully, is positive.  Understanding the coping skills, the optimism, and the changeable environmental factors of individuals and communities can offer solutions for health promotion, including mental health.  Problem-solving and self-management skills given to people and populations enable change. 

            The events we experience creates opportunities for personal growth.  For some, this develops confidence, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and empathy (Ruddick, 2013).  For one out of two people affected with mental health illness, childhood stresses and challenges do not foster these skills or resilience (Ruddick, 2013).  One’s belief of their state of wellness and personal control of their life determines their ability to change and to seek relationship support (Ruddick, 2013).  The interconnectedness one feels in a community promotes healthy behaviors related to exercise, diet, sleep, and less substance usage (Ruddick, 2013).  Social and economic burdens for home and work environments result in nearly one fourth of personal and employer mental health care costs (Ruddick, 2013). 

            A whole-person approach that includes individual responsibility, solution-focus, and individual-led initiatives benefits overall health and mental illness (Ruddick, 2013).  Self-help skills enable individuals to identify barriers, choose solutions, and generate specific goals.  Those who teach people, such as nurses, to cope with stress, as well as to strategize for health improvement, illicit positive partnerships.  It is in our relationships with each other that trusting networks and supportive resources are cultivated to promote health. 


Ruddick, F. (2013). Promoting mental health and wellbeing. Nursing Standard, 27(24), 35-39. Retrieved from http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.p.atsu.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=799454c3-0bc1-4479-b20e-660eaa7a3148%40sessionmgr113&vid=3&hid=115

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From Libeltyseo.com, (2012). The perks offered by social networks. Retrieved from http://libeltyseo.com/2012/11/19/the-perks-offered-by-social-networks/

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