Instagram’s new tools could preventsuicide

Instagram is, no doubt the perfect place to share the photos of beauty around you, your personal highs or some delicious meals you’ve eaten. However, it could also be a place for someone who is in trouble and crying for help. And, now you have the option to intervene anonymously when you see a post from your friend or anyone about self-harm, eating disorder, or suicide.


Collaborating with mental health experts, Instagram has introduced support options that will help make the social media platform a safer place for all. If there’s any post that worries you, you can report it. Then your friend will receive 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,” offering the option to talk to a friend, get tips and support, as well as contact a helpline.

“We understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out,” Marne Levine, COO of Instagram told Seventeen. “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.”

Instagram isn’t the first to take this novel step. Earlier this year, its parent company Facebook introduced its own tool for suicide prevention. The company worked with TheNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline and National Eating Disorders Association to craft the feature’s language. The company also co-operated with people who’ve experienced similar issues.

“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,” Levine said.

It looks like Instagram wants to be a helping hand to people who are suffering from both mentally and socially. Recently it has unveiled a feature that will help you to create a list of banned comments.


Is there anyone you know in crisis and need immediate help? Well, there are options out there. Just call 1–800–273–8255 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. UK users can call 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

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