Our Social Media

Social media is a way of communicating with other people over the internet. It is a word we use to describe online communities like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

It’s a free and fun way of listening and being heard. You can use social media to talk and find out about things you are interested in; to stay in touch with people you know and to meet new people.

It’s one of the ways we’d like to keep in touch with you about the new mental health building we are developing at Leigh. You can see photos of the building changing over time on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook here:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NWBoroughsNHS



Facebook: www.facebook.com/NWBoroughsNHS



Trust's Instagram: www.instagram.com/5

You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/5BoroughsNHS/videos


How to get on to social media

You can download the mobile versions of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for your phone or tablet from an application (app) store like iTunes or Google Play. You will need to choose a name for your account that no-one else has already picked. You will also need to set a password so only you can access it. You can find out how to do this on the help pages at
twitter.com  facebook.com and instagram.com


You can choose whether everyone or just people you know can see what you write on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can change your privacy settings in your account settings.


Your profile is a way to tell people about you. You can add a photo that will appear next to all your posts; your name and – if you want to – whereabouts you live or work. How much you share is up to you. If you’re worried about your privacy, less is better.


When you add a new update to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram the words and/ or photos is called a ‘post’. You can use it in a sentence like this: ‘I have posted my photo to Instagram’. The more times you ‘post’ to your social media accounts, the more interesting it will be for people who follow you. You can ‘post’ about what you have been doing today or what you think about things that are happening in the news. Think twice before you write untrue or hurtful things about other people or businesses. If they feel you have harassed or upset them, they can report you to the Police and other authorities.


A follower is a person who has decided they want to keep up-to-date with what you add to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They want to be able to see all your posts in their news feed. If you don’t want someone to follow you, you can block them. You can find people to follow that you know using the search tool. The more people you follow, the more you will get out of using social media.


Your newsfeed is where you can see what people you follow have posted to their account. If you want to see more or less news, you can control this in your account settings.


Once you have started using Twitter and Instagram you will see words with a symbol at the front that looks like this # - This symbol is called a hashtag. People use a hashtag when they want to help other people on Twitter and Instagram to search for certain topics.

For example if you want someone who is interested in mental health to see what you have written on Twitter or to find a photo you have posted on Instagram, you can add the hashtag #mentalhealth into your post e.g. ‘Have you seen the latest news about our #mentalhealth campaign?’

Join in

Social media works best when you join in. If you see a photo in your newsfeed that you like, click the ‘like’ button to gives it the ‘thumbs up’. If you are interested in what someone has had to say, click ‘reply’ and join in the conversation.

Using @

If you want to talk to one specific person on Twitter or Instagram you need to put this symbol in front of their account name. For example, to talk to us on Twitter, start your post with @NWBoroughsNHS Even though you have done this, other people can still see your conversation. If what you want to say is private, send a Direct Message instead.


You can add links to web pages to your posts. Highlight and copy the text in your browser bar (the window at the top of an internet page) and paste it into your post. When your post is live, people can click on the link to go to the web page you are sending them to.

Now you’re ready to use social media, join in the conversation with us online!

Need extra help?

If you have any questions about using social media email communications@NWBH.uk and we will be glad to help.


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