If you or a friend need urgent assistance, call 911 immediately, or take your friend directly to the emergency room. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend, or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.
A monumental new initiative by The Mental Health Coalition
The Mental Health Coalition (MHC) is embarking on a multi-year journey to transform youth mental health in the digital space via the Safe Online Standards for Kids’ Mental Health (S.O.S) initiative by developing credible, data-driven standards for kids’ mental health on technology platforms.
Define and develop initial set of standards
Outcome: An initial set of S.O.S. standards, endorsed by experts and informed by users
Test & Implement
Pilot Standards and Implement Industry-Endorsed Standards at Scale
Outcomes: Tested and implementable S.O.S. standards adopted by many social media companies; Publicly accessible ratings for social media platforms used by parents, kids, and educators
Sustain & Expand
Operate and Maintain Standards and Expand
Outcome: Sustainable implementation of the ratings and supporting standards with widespread adoption and measurable impact on kids’ mental health
Create the first-ever standards and ratings for kids’ mental health and social media to catalyze healthful engagement for kids online
Creates standards around mental health and social media
David Bickham, Ph.D.
Research scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Digital Wellness Lab
Richard Cullata, M. ID.
CEO of International Society for Technology & Education, author of Digital for Good
Darja Djordjevic, M.D, Ph.D.
Academic/Research ChiefFellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NUMC, NY
Trust and Safety Consultant, Tech Coalition
Michael Johnson, M.A., CAP
Managing Director of Beh. Health at CARF
Program Manager, Stanford Mental Health Tech + Innovation Hub, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Matt Nock, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Dir of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research at Harvard University
Denny Morrison, Ph.D.
Fmr Chief Clinical Officer of Netsmart, expert in intersection of clinical work in behavioral health and technology
Jacqi Nessi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University
Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer American Psychological Association (APA)
Jo Robinson, Ph.D.
Professor Orygen Australia, Head of Suicide Research
Steven Schueller, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine
Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Trust & Safety Partnership
Nina Vasan, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford, Founder and Executive Director of Brainstorm
Provides oversight, advice, guidance and feedback on standards development and standards
CEO of Internet Matters
Director of Brain Health, McKinsey Institute, Fmr Asst Sect. for Mental Health and Substance Use SAMHSA
Tom Insel, M.D.
Former director of NIMH
Harold Koplewicz, M.D.
Founding President and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute, Senior child and adolescent psychiatrist
CEO of ConnectSafely
Executive Director of My Digtal TAT2
Linda Papadapolous, BPS
Psychologist, author, psychodermatologist, and podcaster/influencers
Matt Pitman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Advertising and Public Relations, University of Tennessee
MHC Founder Kenneth Cole sat down with Good Morning America to discuss the Coalition’s new S.O.S. initiative.
Senior Reporter Rebecca Ruiz covered the news for Mashable: “New S.O.S. initiative online rating system targets teen safety.”
While being online has plenty of benefits, any technology used by our kids with such potency and frequency during such an influential time in their development demands our serious attention.
To date, there are no independent standards to guide young people’s online and social media experiences that put their health and well-being first. We have left parents and teens to fend for themselves when it comes to a highly influential but largely unregulated and fully ubiquitous industry.
While there may be many things that impact the emotional, social, and intellectual well-being of teens, the ever-worsening mental health outcomes for teens demand that we put in place standards that support their mental health for an industry that plays such an outsized role in their lives.
The US Surgeon General has issued a public advisory highlighting this critical moment in time. If we don’t act now, history will judge us accordingly. We must create a responsible framework that defines and distinguishes harmful from healthful social media experiences; standards that can be accessed by all stakeholders, starting with youth.
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