With Instagram continuing to dominate the social media landscape, the app has launched a subtle change that can make all the difference. Users can now anonymously report a post that concerns them, which will prompt Instagram to send the following message to the poster:
“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.”
Following this message, IG will then lead to suggestions where users can contact or receive mental health support. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline along with The National Eating Disorder Association were both involved to ensure proper wording and appropriate prompts.
Instagram COO Marne Levine 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.”
This is just one way social media channels are being made safer for those who suffer from mental health.