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Organising a Twitter chat on electro convulsive therapy

Vanessa Garrity Mental health nurse and director of Sociable Angels healthcare consultancy Mark Brown Development director of Social Spider community interest company



This short paper outlines how a Twitter chat was set up to discuss attitudes to ECT among service users and healthcare professionals, to share knowledge, views and expertise.

Key words

Twitter, social media, ECT, electro convulsive therapy


The arrival of the web and social media has serendipitously created a space where people with mental health difficulties and professionals who work within mental health have the opportunity to come together.

There has been a tradition of collaboration and of generating interactions that blur the line between professional and patient or service user – just people coming together to talk about issues that they care about.

Mental health Twitter is a thriving place. On social media what you say and what you know matters far more than what your title or role is in the offline world.

The WeMHNurses (Wecommunities, 2018a) Twitter account is run by four people: Vanessa Garrity, Mark Brown, Emma Jones and Scott Bell. Half of the team are mental health nurses and the other half definitely aren’t.

@WeMHNurses is part of the much larger WeCommunities, which was founded by and is led by Teresa Chinn MBE.

WeCommunities consists of lots of different branches of healthcare that are organised into distinct online communities, each with their own facilitators, but which all sit under the broader WeCommunities network.

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The August/September issue of MHN is a special themed edition on ECT, including: - The history and use of ECT in modern practice • Service user views • Using recovery staff in ECT anaesthesia • Student perspectives on ECT • The National Association for Lead Nurses in ECT • Interview with an ECT lead nurse • Organising a Twitter chat on ECT