Social Media Gives Me Anxiety

Does social media give you anxiety?

At this event we discussed social media and the universal anxiety that can build up with posting. This panel discussion included Kate Arends, Nathan Nerland, Vanessa McDuffie, Robb McNeill, some incredibly insightful mental health professionals and was moderated by Sarah Edwards.

There were beverages and bites from Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop, swag from Bumble Bizz, balloon photo ops from Anagram Balloons, and an AFTER PARTY hosted at Norseman Distillery


6:00 – Social, sips, and snacks
6:45 – Panelist discussion
7:30 – Networking
8:00 – End
8:00 – After Party at Norseman Distillery

Kate Arends of "Wit & Delight"

Kate Arends is a St. Paul-based creative and multichannel marketing consultant with over a decade of experience in the design industry. Wit & Delight, founded by Kate Arends in 2009, began as a lifestyle website and has evolved into a brand that celebrates a combination of veracious expression and simple elegance with an approachable, yet edited point of view. Above all, Wit & Delight is dedicated to the development of its contributors and readers, promoting self-discovery, mental health advocacy, and wellness topics as the foundation of a life well lived. 


Nathan Nerland

As founder of advertising agency, Nerland Co. (now Edition Studios), founder of the non-profit, Carson Glore Foundation, and now in his marketing and media role at Target, Nathan has always found Social Media at the center of human behavior and marketing trends. As a marketing entrepreneur at 23, Nathan Nerland built an agency before the age of social and quickly adapted and stood up services for his clients, and later using it to start and build their non-profit. Finding passion and purpose, Nathan Nerland founded the Carson Glore Foundation, a non-profit that has started and opened three schools in Kenya with over 1200 students, marketed primarily through social media.

While the direct connection to their clients’ customers, and the foundation’s donors, through social was imperative and successful, Nathan often had his own battles with the stress of portraying a perfect life in such a public forum, as well as the anxiety of comparison. Throughout the past few years, he improved his relationship with the social platforms, taking breaks from time to time and focusing on how to use them as authentically as possible.


Robb McNeill:

Robb McNeill is the Sr. Cultural Art & Experience Director for Latitude, a branding and experience design agency with offices in Minneapolis, Portland and NYC. There he creates culture-driven campaigns, content and experiences for brands like adidas, PF Flyers and Reebok. Before Latitude, Robb spent four years at General Mills where he served as a Senior Brand Creative, and most notably created the award-winning Hamburger Helper mixtape "Watch the Stove" which "broke the internet" on April Fools Day in 2016. Robb also owns and operates iMPuLSe Creative, an arts-collective specializing in murals and large-scale art installations which can be seen at local establishments such as Norseman Distillery, Urban Bean Coffee and the MPLS Bouldering Project.


Vanessa McDuffie

Vanessa McDuffie is a blogger, educator and connector of Minneapolis. She holds many community titles and is quite vocal within it-primarily in social justice, body acceptance and ethical fashion. Vanessa’s website houses all all three, and she loves bringing people together through community work and conversation. 


Jaime Christmas, MSW, LICSW, RCSW

Jaime believes that the best therapy is radically empathetic and real, that all people hold the innate capacity for healing, and that there is courage, strength, and healing when we are able to express and release our emotional pain. With more than a decade of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals from all walks of life, she assists individuals arrive at their own truth and walk towards living a more authentic life: one that that is more in line with who they are, what they believe, value, and want for themselves.

Jame focuses on the LGBTQ community, HIV positive individuals, individuals struggling with chemical dependency, Depression, Anxiety, mood disorders, relationships problems, compulsivity, crisis, chronic pain, and Trauma/PTSD. She also works with a broad spectrum of sexuality issues, including compulsive sexual behavior, identity confusion, identity related shame, and HIV-related anxiety.

Jaime currently sees clients in her office at Catalyst Mental Health. The extension for her confidential voice mail at Catalyst Mental Health is extension 729.


Thank you to our sponsors Studio 125 Mpls, Norseman Distillery, Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop, Bumble Bizz, Monster, and Anagram Balloons.