Scroll Free September

Scroll Free September offers a unique opportunity to take a break from all personal social media accounts for 30 days during September

A good relationship is one of balance, and Scroll Free September is here to help you gain that with social media both on and offline


Why go #ScrollFree this September?

With its almost universal reach and unprecedented ability to connect people from all walks of life, social media holds great potential to support good mental health and wellbeing. It has revolutionised the way we communicate and share information.

But have you ever thought about your relationship with social media? Maybe it’s starting to have a negative impact on your life? Even making you a little anti-social? 

Emerging evidence is raising concerns about the potential impact of social media on our mental health and wellbeing. In 2017, our #StatusOfMind report highlighted a range of potential negative effects of social media, including anxiety and depression, negative body image, cyberbullying, poor sleep and FOMO (fear of missing out).

By going Scroll Free for a month, you’ll have a chance to reflect on your social media use – what you missed, what you didn’t, and what you got to do and enjoy instead.

By taking notice of and learning which elements of social media make you feel good and which make you feel bad, participating in Scroll Free September could help you build a healthier, more balanced relationship with social media in the future – a relationship where your use is conscious and mindful, and where you are the one in control.


How do I get involved?

We are asking all social media users (not just young people!) to take a break from all personal social media accounts throughout September (work use and instant messaging apps are fine!).

We know that going cold turkey on social media will be a challenge, so before you start tweeting your excuses, don't worry – we are providing you with a few different options to make your participation that bit easier...

RSPH is developing a free, open-access e-learning programme to be launched in October 2019, following Scroll Free September,  to help you reintroduce social media in a positive and meaningful way.

Which plan will you go for?







7 in 10

young people have experienced cyber bullying

1 in 5 young people

wake in the night

to check messages on social media

56% of young people

say they are likely to quit social media due to concerns about its mental health and wellbeing impact

Who can take part?

All social media users (not just young people!) can take part in Scroll Free Septemberand take a break from all personal social media accounts (work use and instant messaging apps are fine!).


Take our quiz

Not sure it’s for you? Use our quiz to work out your Social Media Index (SMI) and find out how healthy your relationship with social media is and if you could benefit from taking a break.


Please note this quiz is designed to provide a light-hearted indication of your social media usage, and should not be taken as a scientific health test.