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Join TODAY’s Suicide Prevention Twitter Chat

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by Dennis Douda

Thank you for participating in the chat this week. For those who missed it or would like to review the information shared you can read the transcript.

Mayo Clinic, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and USA Today are teaming up for a Twitter chat Monday, Sept. 9 from 1-2 p.m. (EDT).  Follow #suicidechat

Those joining the Twitter chat will include @mayoclinic,Dark background and pensive man looking sad
@USAToday and USA Today's @LizSzabo.

World Suicide Prevention Day Tuesday, Sept. 10. There were 38,364 suicides in 2010 in the United States, an average of 105 each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is one suicide for every 25 attempted suicides, and suicide results in an estimated $34.6 billion in medical and work-loss costs.

Topics to be discussed include: suicide statistics; trends in suicide rates; common suicide myths; what to do if you fear someone is thinking about suicide; best strategies for suicide prevention and the latest in suicide research, including mental illness, treatment options, military suicides, suicide among the LGBT community, bullying and gun restrictions.

Never participated in a chat before, or want tips on how to participate effectively? Watch this video. Questions? Email Nick Hanson at:

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Mayo Clinic Releases Guideline Video for Workplace Social Media Use

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Joel Streed

Mayo Clinic has a new educational video to communicate our guidelines for appropriate employee use of social media and to encourage creative work-related application of social tools in health care.

#SocialAtMayo – Social Media Guidelines for Mayo Clinic Employees is part of our orientation program for new hires and also will be distributed to the broader base of 60,000 current employees. Our Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media produced the video as part of our charge to “improve health globally by accelerating effective application of social media tools throughout Mayo Clinic and spurring broader and deeper engagement in social media by hospitals, medical professionals and patients.”

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Patient Education Doesn’t Stop in Doctor’s Office

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by Dana Sparks

Today's patients are educating themselves far beyond traditional waiting room pamphlets. With social media, search engines and active disease communities, engaging with patients in the online space where they're searching for answers offers physicians a new way to educate their patients. During this week's Health Care Social Media Summit at Mayo Clinic, Kansas City pediatrician Dr. Natasha Burgert spoke about using these online tools to improve communication between physicians and patients. 

Sound bites with Dr. Burgert are available in the downloads above

Zombies and the Viral CDC Campaign

Posted on October 17th, 2012 by Dana Sparks

Have you heard of the Zombie Apocalypse? It's the social media campaign the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using to promote public health preparedness. During a presentation this week at the Health Care Social Media Summit, Maggie Silver said the campaign has gone viral with more the 3.6 billion impressions.

Sound bites with Maggie Silver, CDC Health Communication Specialist, are available in the downloads                                                                                           

Revolutionizing Health Care with Social Media

Posted on October 17th, 2012 by Dana Sparks

Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care is a new book to help health care professionals use social media tools for promoting health, fighting disease and improving health care. Introduced by the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media the book features essays by 30 industry thought leaders offering inspiration and encouragement to both newcomers and experienced users of social media.

“When it comes to changing health care, we must crowd-source the change we want to see in the world,” says Farris Timimi, M.D. (@FarrisTimimi), the center’s medical director. Center director, Lee Aase (@Lee Aase), adds, “We hope to inspire our peers so they apply these tools and work more effectively on behalf of — and with — patients.”
A section about legal issues in health care social media is authored by Mayo legal counsel Dan Goldman (@danielg280).

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Sound bites with Dr. Timimi and Lee Aase are available in the downloads