Instagram Can Save a Life

By Jennifer Cazares

Instagram now has the potential to save a life by branching out to a sensitive topic these days all thanks to its newest option to tackle down self-harm and/or suicide with a push of a button.

The social media app developed a new reporting tool for its users to take control and anonymously flag their friends’ posts about subtle hints or signs of self-harm and/or suicide.

Instagram spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic said that it is understandable that friends and family members often want to offer support but, don’t know how or know the best way to reach out.

“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,” Tomlijanovic said.

Here is how it works, as soon as the user flags the content, a message will pop up on the screen of the recipient as follows:

“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.”

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The recipient is then offered support, tips on how to handle the situation as well as access to a help line, all through the social app. Some tips include to message or call a friend, a list support groups that vary on the user’s location, and 40 organizations around the globe to choose from that are partners with the help line.

Alongside with the new tool, Seventeen created a campaign titled “#PerfectlyMe” which is to encourage the idea to “highlight young women and men who are rocking their self-confidence and embracing their own uniqueness.”

This movement that Instagram and Seventeen is promoting will not only encourage Instagram users to celebrate their bodies but also, to continue to reinvent body standards in today’s culture.

Cited Sources

https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/19/instagram-tackles-self-harm-and-suicide-with-new-reporting-tools-support-options/

http://www.adweek.com/news/press/instagrams-new-tools-allow-users-report-others-considering-self-harm-174178

http://www.wsj.com/articles/instagram-aims-to-prevent-suicide-and-self-harm-with-new-tool-1476878730

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