Instagram’s latest update is geared towards helping people suffering with mental health issues, Paste Magazine writes.
The popular social media platform is partnering with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Eating Disorders Association to help users who show signs of depression, self-harm, or other mental health issues.
Now, if a user sees a concerning post that might indicate the poster is struggling with a mental health disorder, he or she can notify Instagram. Once Instagram receives the notification, it provides the poster with resources for how to get help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Eating Disorders Association helped craft the messages for Instagram to ensure they are helpful and supportive, not judgmental.
The first message says, “Someone say one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.”
In addition to this tool, the new update now sends anyone searching for hashtags connected to self-harm to a support page.
Marne Levin, Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, discussed the update with Seventeen magazine.
“These tools are designed to let you know that you are surrounded by a community that care about you, at a moment when you might most need the reminder,” Levin said.