A text analysis of the social media mental health community: an exploration of mental health subreddits and comparison with Instagram mental health influencers.

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According to Mental Health America, even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing, and suicidal ideation among adults has been on the rise. People facing mental health challenges are increasingly turning to social media for support and advice. Aware of the significance of mental health issues and the increasingly prevalent outlet of social media for perspective, conversation, and support, I became interested to explore this space of social media for mental health. I wanted to understand what kind of community Reddit offers people struggling with mental health issues. What posts drive “support” from others, and what…

An exploration of founder gender representation in the tech industry and internal perceptions in male and female-founded tech companies.

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It is widely known that the technology industry is highly male-dominated. But to what extent are females actually underrepresented in the tech industry, particularly among the highest performing, largest tech companies? According to a 2019 Silicon Valley Bank report, only 28% of startups have a female founder, and companies with all-women founding teams are given less than 3% of all US venture capital dollars.

Aware of this general gender disparity in pursuing entrepreneurship, I became interested to examine what this disparity looks like in the tech industry and further understand if there are inherent differences in employees’ sentiment that could…

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What moving across the country taught me about comfort.

Comfort is one of those things that fills our hearts and grounds our mind and body. The concept of “comfort” is a powerful idea when you think about it. It embodies freedom. It energizes us. It can fuel creativity and positive thinking. It ensures our safety. It drives our mood and so how we choose to live our lives.

Imagine if we could have control over “comfort.” Imagine if it were not limited to our direct surroundings — our neighborhood, our home, even our work. …

Emma O'Neil

Read and write about personal and professional growth. Passionate about building and using technology to improve this world.

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