Bradley professor’s study shows popular podcast may help those with mental illnesses

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PEORIA, Ill. — Studies have shown that excessive and prolonged social media usage has been linked to mental health problems like depression. But, a new study conducted by a Bradley professor shows how one particular podcast might be bucking that trend.

The “My Favorite Murder” podcast and its social media community may be promoting well-being in audiences with mental illness. 

Assistant Professor of Public Relations Rachelle Pavelko analyzed what draws listeners with a mental illness diagnosis to the podcast and how these listeners utilize social media to connect with other fans of the podcast. 

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