Teens, Mental Health, & Social Media

Project Background:

This film project was funded by the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM), a philanthropically funded research initiative led by the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The overarching purpose of TAM is to unify representatives from the academic, industry, and community levels around a single foundational question: “How can technology support adolescent mental wellness?”

8-part Short Film Series:

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About the Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM)

Youth Leaders Share Their Insights on Technology and Mental Health

Youth leaders share their insights on tech and mental health. This short film showcases the Technology Adolescent Mental (TAM) Wellness Youth Advisory Board..

ER Physician Helping Teens Respond to Cyberbullying

Dr. Megan Ranney explains the objective of IMPACT (Intervention Media to Prevent Adolescent Cyber-conflict through Technology) that aims to support at-risk youth age 13-17 who have experienced online victimization

How Hollywood can support adolescent mental health | Yalda Uhls & UCLA

This study is about the ways 13 Reasons Why impacts adolescent mental health, and about finding an innovative way to bridge the work of the entertainment industry and scientific researchers to support adolescent wellness.

How Native Youth are Finding Support Online

Stephaine Craig Rushing explains the We R Native website – a global platform of multimedia resources and stories for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them.

Online Social Support for Pregnant and Postpartum Adolescents in Seattle, Washington

Keshet Ronen talks about online social support for pregnant and postpartum adolescents. The goal of this study is to develop and pilot a social media-based group counseling intervention to prevent depression in pregnant and postpartum adolescents. The intervention will be based on an evidence-based in-person curriculum called the Mothers and Babies program.

Privacy Co-Management Practices on Social Media Among LatinX Youth

Celesta Campos-Castillo talks about privacy co-management practices on social media among LatinX youth.

Helping Students Navigate Social Media

Heather Inyart explains the power of media literacy for middle school students. This study is a collaboration between Media Power Youth and the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Project Partners

Funded Research Teams

Project Partners

This program and film project was made possible by a group of diverse partners in philanthropy, media, and academia.

In Year 1 of TAM, 6 projects were funded to address the foundational question: “How can technology support adolescent mental wellness?”

In Year 2, that same question is being asked in the context of a global pandemic, political unrest, and heightened awareness among white people of long-standing racism in the United States.


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