Michelle Sullivan Communications

Douglas Institute : Making great use of social media

The Douglas is a world-class institute, affiliated with McGill University and the World Health Organisation, which treats people suffering from mental illness and offers them hope and cure. Its teams of specialists and researchers continually advance scientific knowledge, integrate it into patient care, and share it with the community to increase awareness and thereby eliminate stigma around mental illness.

The Douglas Institute has been quietly experimenting with social media in interesting ways. Marie-France Coutu and her team have created what I would consider to be an evolved online media kit, making use of YouTube, flickr, Google video and podcasting to provide media with a dynamic information package relating to Alzheimer’s disease. Launched in January, in support of Alzheimer Awareness Month, this social media press kit is a terrific example of how PR specialists and their internal or external clients can make great use of new communications platforms.

The Douglas has also launched a series of blogs and podcasts, with experts providing insight on mental health to the community.

According to the website, Douglas blogs must meet one of the following objectives :

  • Educate the public about mental health issues to demystify mental illness.
  • Share knowledge about mental health (in care, research or teaching) with workers and scientists in the health field.

I can’t wait to see where they go with this and I’m hoping the Douglas PR team will accept to share their key learnings at an upcoming 3e mardi Third Tuesday Montreal.