Instagram unveils incredible new mental health feature
- Author: Joanne Flowers Oct 19, 2016,
Oct 19, 2016, 10:25
The app then offers suggestions to support your state of mind, including talking to a friend, contacting a local helpline or receive some mental health and support.
While social media apps like Instagram have provided a safe space for people to connect, they've also exacerbated feelings of isolation, inadequacy and contributed to self-esteem issues.
"Today's announcement is the next step in enhancing the existing safety and support tools for our community", Garlick told The Huffington Post Australia.
The tool could prove to valuable when someone is in need. "It's about the strength of the support networks that we have seen grow steadily across Instagram, and the strength of individuals in these communities who are redefining beauty standards and building a culture of positivity".
Instagram CEP Marne Levie told Seventeen "These tools are created to let you know that you are surrounded by a community that cares about you, at a moment when you might most need that reminder", also noting that Instagram worked with organisations like the National Eating Disorders Association and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to ensure their wording and prompts were appropriate.
If you report a post that worries you, your friend will get a messaging saying, "someone saw one of your posts and think you might be going through a hard time. If you need support, we'd like to help".
Is this the best way to support a friend going through a hard time, or should we be reaching out personally instead?
The picture sharing platform also recently announced the function of filtering their own comment sections in attempt to stop bullying and trolling.
Perhaps most importantly of all is that, if you or anyone you know were to search for hashtags associated with images of self harm, the same 'Can we help?' page pops up.
The A+ feature is now only available to US users but we hear will soon be available in Australia, which is music to the ears.