Azuré Smith-Swan

LCSW, CFSW, DSW-Candidate

Exploring the Role of Social Media in Shaping Mental Health Narratives among Millennial and Gen Z Clients: Addressing the Challenges for Therapists in Managing the Impact


The pervasive influence of social media on mental health narratives, especially among Millennials and Generation Z, has become increasingly apparent in recent years. This capstone project aims to explore the multifaceted impact of social media on young adults’ perceptions, help-seeking behaviors, and clinical experiences. Through a comprehensive three-paper approach, the project examines the complex relationships between social media engagement and psychological well-being, proposing an innovative conceptual framework and practical application strategies for addressing the unique challenges posed by the digital landscape. The presentation will provide an overview of the project’s key findings, highlighting the predominant themes that emerged from the systematic literature review, the theoretical underpinnings of the proposed conceptual framework, and the practical implications for social work practice in the digital age. Attendees will gain insights into the potential benefits and risks associated with social media use, as well as strategies for integrating narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and media literacy education within a social constructionist perspective. By exploring the intersection of social media and mental health, this capstone project underscores the urgent need for targeted research and tailored interventions that harness the power of digital platforms while mitigating their potential negative consequences. The presentation will emphasize the crucial role of social workers in developing context-sensitive solutions that promote digital well-being, foster psychological resilience, and amplify the authentic voices of younger generations navigating an increasingly connected world.


Azuré Smith-Swan, DSW(c), LCSW, CFSW, is a distinguished social worker, acclaimed for her integrative approach to wellness and trauma-informed care. With diverse professional experience spanning private practice, inpatient/outpatient therapy, nonprofits, and schools, Azuré is set to earn her Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in May 2024.

Azuré holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work and is recognized for her insightful approaches to addressing modern mental health challenges. Her capstone project, “Exploring the Role of Social Media in Shaping Mental Health Narratives among Millennial and Gen Z Clients: Addressing the Challenges for Therapists in Managing the Impact,” is a testament to her innovative research capabilities.

As a board member serving as a mental health expert for various nonprofits, Azuré provides strategic guidance on mental health initiatives, consults with individuals and programs, and is actively involved in community engagement. She disseminates her knowledge and expertise in mental health and wellness practices, advocating for accessibility and progressive mental health care.

In her current role at Transcend Wellness Boutique, Azuré brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in psychotherapy, financial social work, and evidence-based practices such as EMDR, CBT, and DBT. Her forthcoming chapter in a mental health anthology is anticipated to contribute significantly to the scholarly conversation on social work practices.

Azuré Smith-Swan’s professional narrative is characterized by a deep-seated passion for fostering holistic well-being, making her a leading figure in the evolution of mental health paradigms.