Last updated on: 5/3/2016 | Author:

Mary Docherty, MRCP, MRCPsych Biography

Former Academic Clinical Fellow at King's College London
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“[S]ocial media are inexpensive and easy to use. They signify a trend towards more interaction whereby people create as well as consume content. It is possible to share stories, produce other content and influence the media environment…

A striking aspect of social media sites such as Twitter is that a spontaneous burst of protest can be initiated by one individual in a single post and widely shared… [S]haring experiences and having one’s voice heard on social channels can create a sense of empowerment – of feeling less alone with a personal struggle, and more confidence in showing a part of the self that might usually remain hidden.”

Cowritten with Victoria Betton, Rohan Borschmann, Stephen Coleman, Mark Brown, and Claire Henderson, “The Role of Social Media in Reducing Stigma and Discrimination,” British Journal of Psychiatry, June 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Quality Improvement Fellow, London Mental Health Clinical Strategic Network, National Health Service England (NHSE)
  • ST5 General Adult Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  • Specialty Registrar, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  • Academic Clinical Fellow, King’s College London (UK), July 1, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016
  • Former Medical Advisor, Director of Research and Development, National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence
  • None found
  • Member, Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
  • Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
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Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?