Re-blog: Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): National Women’s Health Week and Prophylactic Mastectomies (Week of May 13, 2013)


I wrote this for the THL News Blog.

While I was preparing last week’s post, I saw some tweets about National Women’s Health Week this week. I thought that was quite appropriate considering the week started with Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day itself was full of trials and triumphs as noted in these tweets:

From there, I looked to #NationalWomensHealthWeek and #NWHW to find the most interesting tweets about Women’s Health.

I don’t know if Angelina Jolie decided to hold her press conference because it was National Women’s Health Week, or because she just felt is was the right time, but the revelation of her prophylactic double mastectomy certainly had people talking about women’s health issues. It started with an outpouring of support and well wishes for Jolie and evolved to include conversations surrounding Supreme Court cases, economic and healthcare realities, and patent law. You can follow these conversations on #brca and #breastcancer.

Finally, I came across a reference to #WD2013 which is the annual Women Deliver conference. This global conference is being held in Kuala Lumpur May 28-30, 2013. While you may not be able to attend in person, they will have online streaming content. The conference focuses on the “health and empowerment of girls and women” through political and economic engagement, particularly as it relates to maternal and newborn health and wellness.

Re-blog: Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Oh DSM, How We Love to Hate You (Week of May 6, 2013)


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I’ve been hearing more and more stories about the upcoming release of the DSM V (Diagnostic and Statical Manual of Mental Disorders). While there have always been points of contention regarding the structure and contents of the DSM, this month introduced a tangible split from the use of the manual. Here’s what I found under the #DSM hashtag about the dispute.

I decided to explore #Psychology further on Twitter and see what else might be going on around the world.

In exploring the #psychology hashtag, I found out that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I went on to review hashtags related to that effort including #mhm2013, #mhmwellness and #mentalhealthmatters.

Thursday was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Sadly, there was not a standardized hashtag for it, so the information ended up being spread between a variety of conversations including #MentalHealth, #SpeakUpForKids, #HeroesofHope, #pediatrics, and #endstigma.