Mental Health: Instagram Rolls Out New Tool That Allows Users To Flag friends Alarming Posts

October 18, 2016 |  by  |  Health  |  Share

If you’ve ever witnessed someone you follow on Instagram post something and it looks like a cry for help. You can now bring it to someones attention by reporting it anonymously.


According to Seventeen.com
yesterday Instagram released new tools to help make the social media platform a safer place — and they just might save some lives in the process.

Now, if you see a friend post about self-harm, you can anonymously report it. The friend will get a message saying: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” Then, there will be options that can be accessed directly through the app including contacting a helpline (which will vary by the user’s location), talking to a friend or getting tips and support.

“We listen to mental health experts when they tell us that outreach from a loved one can make a real difference for those who may be in distress. At the same time, we understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out,” says Instagram chief operating officer Marne Levine. “These tools are designed 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.”

Users will be led to that same support page if they search for a hashtag associated with self-injury. Some dangerous hashtags are banned from Instagram altogether — for example, if you try to type in #thinspo, you’ll get zero results. But other terms fall into a gray area, and the new tools can help make sure the users who need help can get it.

    So many people in the world suffer silently and then come to social media to cry out, just for their cries to be ignored. Hopefully this new tool will help save those battling mental illnesses.

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