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

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. 20, 2, 23-26. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1143


Peer review

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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 10 December 2015

Accepted: 19 February 2016

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:

Your subscription package includes:
  • Full access to the website and the online archive
  • Bi-monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
RCN student member? Try Nursing Standard Student
Already subscribed? Log in

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now