Instagram wants to make its app safe and helpful. This is why they just added a new tool for suicide prevention. This tool is designed for helping people that are in trouble, feel sad or have suicide thoughts.
The tool is simple to use and it can help people. For example, if you see a post from a friend and you think that the post is somehow inappropriate and that he might feel sad or he need help you can report it. Once you report the post, Instagram takes care of the rest.
Your friend will get a notification that tells him someone reported its post with the suicide prevention tool. After that, the app is going to ask him if he wants to talk to a friend or to a specialist. After he chooses one of the options he will be redirected.
The best thing is that is completely anonymous, your friend won’t know that you “reported” him. This was made in order to make people feel safe and to convince them to report if they truly feel like it is the case.
This suicide prevention tool was made in order for people to feel supported by others and to show them that somebody cares.
If people choose to talk to a specialist about their problem they will be directed to a helpline that is located near them. They can also choose to read other support tips that are on the Internet and Instagram will redirect them
“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,” said Instagram’s chief operating officer, Marne Levine.
This suicide prevention tool was implemented first by Facebook, the company that now owns Instagram. Facebook decided to make this tool available for Instagram users too.
Another feature of this tool is that once somebody wants to see something on Instagram that might not be appropriate for a sensible person, the app reports that too. For instance, if you want to search for the hashtag “death” or “suicide” the app is going to warn you that the post in that category can lead to emotional damage and even suicide and it asks you if you really want to continue.
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