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Friday, October 21, 2016

Instagram Introduces Help Tools For Users With Self Harm & Suicidal Tendencies

Photo/video based social media platform, Instagram has launched new tools to support people struggling with self-injury or suicidal thoughts worldwide.
The tools which offer options like "talk to a friend" or "contact a helpline", provides an important life saving resource for individuals nursing self-injury thoughts.
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Instagram users who notices suicidal or self harm tendencies in another Instagram users can contact
emergency services (or make use of other options) to help reach out to such a person.
Excerpts from Instagram's official statement on the issue below:
“We worked with mental health organisations, primarily ‘Forefront’ led by researchers at University of Washington, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Dr Nancy Zucker, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University,” 

 “We also consulted with people with real-life experience with self-injury or suicide,”

Other organisations including The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and (US), Samaritans (UK) and beyondblue and headspace (Australia) provided valuable input.
Instagram has also partnered with over 40 helpline organisations around the world to support people associated with self-injury or suicidal tendency.
In addition, if someone searches for a hashtag associated with self-injury, Instagram offers support options before they are able to view the content.
This is a laudable move by Instagram and it will help in saving of lives.
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