JMIR Form Res. 2021 Jun 24;5(6):e24353. doi: 10.2196/24353.


BACKGROUND: Co-occurring substance use disorder is common among pregnant and parenting women with mental illness, but their engagement with and utilization of relevant services and treatment is low. Social media has the potential to convey benefits and facilitate engagement among this target group.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the reach and engagement of specific social media posts among pregnant women and mothers with substance use disorders.

METHODS: Eighteen posts providing content related to substance use (cannabis, opioids, or alcohol), varying in type of content (informational or experiential) and target (policy-, practice-, or perception-related), were posted in a closed Facebook community page comprising over 33,000 pregnant women and mothers between May 2019 and October 2019.

RESULTS: The overall level of reach of these Facebook posts ranged from 453 to 3045 community members. Engagement levels, measured via the number of likes, comments, or posts shared, varied based on the type of post content (ie, informational or experiential).

CONCLUSIONS: Participation in a virtual community via social media platforms can facilitate engagement among pregnant women and mothers with mental illness by communicating relevant information about substance use, as well as potentially promoting awareness of, access to, and engagement with treatment services.

PMID:34184993 | DOI:10.2196/24353

Source: ncbi 2

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