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Instagram’s Self-Help Tool To Reach-out To Individuals Suffering From Mental Ailments Or Distress


Instagram Introduces New Features For Emergency Assistance To Individual’s With Suicidal Tendency

Instagram, a social media owned by Facebook, will be moving towards helping out those suffering from mental illness and harbour suicidal tendencies. As a result, the site has introduced a “button” for reporting possible situations of “self-harm”.
Moreover, a third person could also report anonymously, the “out-of character behaviour” which could develop into “suicidal thoughts or self-injury”. These reports will undergo a review of the Instagram team for verifying and prioritising purpose, so as to provide immediate help to those “under threat”. A spokeswoman from Instagram, Marni Tomljanovic, reported:
"We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review these reports”.
"They prioritize the most serious reports and respond quickly. If someone on Instagram sees a direct threat of suicide or self-injury, we encourage them to contact local emergency services immediately”.
The support service offered by Instagram will “advice” the person concerned by inquiring if they would like to reach out to a friend or they would require “further assistance”. Meanwhile, Tomljanovic also added:
“We also consulted with people with real-life experience with eating disorders, self-injury or suicide”.
“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.”

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