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Mental Health: The Data

Hey, Tumblr! We hope the week two prompts for Mental Health Month are treating you well. In the spirit of the theme, posting it for each other, we wanted to celebrate one of the most helpful communities out there: yours. You’ve helped shape Tumblr into an incredible community for support. To take a look into exactly how it’s flourished over the years, we teamed up with Fandometrics (@thefandometrics) to bring you some sweet, sweet data.

How you talk about mental health

Discussion around #mental health has steadily grown year over year since 2013, with a 248% uptick of original posts and reblogs made between 2013 and 2016. In that same time span, original posts and reblogs about #therapy increased 29%. Much of that conversation was rooted in real people sharing real stories. Emotional and honest stories, like how therapy can help you better understand your life, how to say good-bye to the wrong therapist, or the difficulty of making the sometimes daunting decision to begin therapy for the first time.

Originally posted by robowtie

There has also been a significant rise in people seeking ways to take care of themselves. The self-care movement has seen huge increases in searches (733%) and original posts (567%) between 2013 and 2016. Over the past six months, we’ve seen total engagement (searches, original posts, reblogs, and likes) around the #self-care tag spike with correlations to holidays and events in the news:

  • 240% increase the day after the US Presidential Election
  • 321% in the days following Christmas and Hanukkah
  • 561% in the days leading up to the Inauguration, and
  • 342% in the days following Valentine’s Day.

Anatomy of a post

To get a better understanding of what the public-facing conversations consist of, we looked at the top posts for the #mental health, #positivity, and #self-care tags from the past few years. We noticed a few trends that continued to appear over and over again:

Originally posted by nocturnalkitten

Make your dash more positive

Because this is all about posting it for each other, here are a few great blogs to make your Tumblr experience more positive and healthy:

  • Positive Vibes (@posiviibes) provides positive and friendly text art in soothing colors.
  • LGBT+ Positivity (@goodpositivitylgbt) focuses on messages of positivity and validation for the LGBT+/MOGAI community.
  • Why Did You Feel Proud Today? (@todayifeltproud), a space to submit your accomplishments, big and small.

For more follow inspiration, check out our roundup from last week. We’ll be posting more each Friday this month. Keep sharing your stories, Tumblr, this month and every month.

Some SU Stats (as of the most recent Stevenbomb)

1.) The series currently has a raw length of 21 hours and 14 minutes.


2.) 4.2% of the entire show so far was released on January 2nd, 2017.


3.) If you printed every frame of Steven Universe so far on a piece of standard printer paper and stacked them, the stack would be 1108.8 feet tall, or 338 meters.


4.) It is still possible to watch every single episode in one day at full speed. This will stop being possible when episode 134 airs.


5.) The longest vocal song is Here Comes a Thought at 3 minutes and 21 seconds. The longest instrumental is Return to the Beach - Jasper at 3 minutes and 48 seconds.


6.) “Steven” is said 1028 times, “Amethyst” is said 310 times, “Pearl” is said 293 times, and “Garnet” is said 248 times.


7.) Pearl’s gem in real life would be worth approximately $35 million, more than all three living diamonds combined (each being around $11 million).


8.) Lapis’ ocean tower would’ve eradicated most if not all life on earth, and if she had used the entire atlantic optimally, the tower would be 12.05 trillion miles tall, or 2.05 light years.

9.) Mr. Greg is exactly 75% song. The episode with the second highest song density is Mindful Education at 31%.

10.) Season 1 has the highest song density. Song density has consistently decreased every season.


11.) Secret Team is the episode with the highest ratings, at 2.46 million viewers.


12.) In Island Adventure, Steven, Lars, and Sadie were missing for 16 days at the very least.