Mental health online (beyond avoiding the comments)

For writers, performers and other artists, social media can be both fertile and frightening. ABC’s Osman Faruqi shares some tips on how to take care of yourself online.

It can be rough out there on the rapids of the internet. Whether it’s the 24/7 stream of depressing news, or the harassment buoyed by ease, speed and anonymity, it all takes a toll on the psyche. For creative professionals in particular, social media engagement can often leave us exposed to intense and deeply personal abuse.

That’s a dilemma that’s all too familiar to journalist Osman Faruqi, the deputy editor of ABC Life and former politics editor of pop culture site Junkee.

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