Instagram's Latest Update Is All About Looking After Your Mental Health
This is incredibly important.
Social media is an amazing way to visually express yourself and connect with others, though it can often be seen to have a bit of a bad rep thanks mainly to internet trolls and the unrealistic pressures that can be thrust upon us.
Thankfully, Instagram has recognised exactly what needs to be improved on which is why its latest update involves focusing on looking after everyone's mental health and wellbeing.
From today, the new subtle feature gives you the option to anonymously report and flag posts that seem like they could be a cry for help. So if you see a friend that may be in need of help and you want to do something about it (without having to confront them personally), then Instagram can help you.
The app will then speak to the person who posted it, telling them: "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."
They will then provide support options (which you can access through the app) such as contacting a helpline, talking to a friend or receiving some mental health tips and advice.
Also, if you search for a hashtag associated with self-harm (many are now already banned), you'll be shown this page too.
And with the help of the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the app has made sure they've included the appropriate wording.
Thanks Instagram for helping to tear down the stigma of mental illness and acting as a reminder that it's always ok to seek help if you need it!