Alongside its new black and white layout, plus features like zoom and Stories, Instagram is adding tools for mental health support to its app.
Since those who choose to express themselves on social media also reveal their mental state in doing so, the Internet arguably provides a way to detect when someone may be in need of help. On Instagram, users who search for harmful terms such as #suicide, #loseweight or #probulimia will automatically be directed to a pop-up resource that encourages the user to talk to a friend, reach out to a hotline or take advantage of the provided tips.
As the pressures of keeping up with social media can take an adverse effect on one's health, these in-app tools will hopefully provide those in need of help with adequate support.
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