Social media elements can be utilized to
help cross the communication boundaries
created by mental illness.
As someone who has struggled with mental illness, I have found that communication with others is always a particularly stressful and difficult task. It is even more difficult in times when it is needed most, but finding words is near impossible.
Social media elements, particularly emoji, seemed ideal as a bridge for this communication gap: simple yet expressive, and available to nearly everyone. I created a set of emojis that can be used between two people to better facilitate conversation about difficult feelings.