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Social Media and Mental Health
January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$15.00
The world (and lives of others) is literally at our fingertips. For better or for worse, our networks “highlight reel” is splashed in front of us daily through Instagram, Facebook or any other social platform we frequent, serving as a constant reminder of what others have and forcing us to question what we don’t. Join us for a conversation with founder of Sad Girls Club, Elyse Fox, founder of Half the Story, Larissa May, founder of The Literary Social, Minaa B and founder/CEO of Alma, Harry Ritter M.D., J.D. about the impacts of social media on our mental health, and how we can learn to break away from the mental self-criticism when scrolling and liking.
Elyse Fox is a filmmaker, activist and tastemaker living in New York City and London. Elyse has collaborated with Olay Beauty, Harvard University, Instagram, Nike, and Vogue Magazine, to name a few.
In December 2016 Elyse released a documentary film about her ride through depression named Conversations with Friends. After its debut Elyse received hundreds of inquiries and requests from young women around the world seeking guidance and support with their mental health journey. In January, 2017 Elyse created Sad Girls Club; a stigma-free online and IRL community created for millennials and Gen. Z to discuss mental health openly.
Today Sad Girls Club has fans in over 40 countries and hosts events nationally. Elyse continues to spread awareness through curriculum consulting, journalism, speaking engagements and more.
Harry Ritter M.D., J.D. is founder and CEO of Alma, a co-practicing community for mental health care providers. Harry founded Alma to simplify and elevate the therapy experience. Alma is pioneering a new mental health care model that brings together top quality therapists into co-practicing communities powered by shared technology and services. Alma’s members hail from an array of disciplines and areas of clinical focus to offer a more holistic approach to mental health care. Alma’s flagship location opened in midtown Manhattan in October.
Prior to Alma, Harry was Vice President of Care Delivery at Oscar Healthand was responsible for overseeing Oscar’s direct primary care and telemedicine efforts. Harry has also worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. He completed his internal medicine internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also has a law degree from New York University School of Law.