Mood, emotions and emojis: conversations about health with young people
Evidence & Practice    

Mood, emotions and emojis: conversations about health with young people

David Donovan Staff nurse, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Various styles of communication can be used when working with people with mental health issues, and all formats can contribute to therapeutic goals. However, there is little in the literature about young people’s use of pictorial text messages, or emojis, when they are experiencing mental distress. This article considers how young people in mental distress can send emojis in text messages to their parents or guardians to open up channels of communication, and how this can help improve their mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1143

Correspondence

david.donovan@rdash.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 10 December 2015

Accepted: 19 February 2016

Published online: 12 July 2016