Instagram Launches Its New (Extremely Important) Feature in Australia
Instagram has increasingly become a place for sharing not only our fancy brunches, pretty bouquets and best angles, but a place to share our inner-most struggles and sadder moments. We spend so much time on social media that it can feel more real than real life, which is why Instagram has made itself a place to get real help.
From today, if you see a friend post something that feels like a cry for help, you can do something, without being confrontational. By reporting the post to Instagram, that person will be sent a set of options so they can get help, including a way to reach out to a friend, contact a helpline or see tips and support. You will also be shown these options if you search a hashtag associated with self-harm, many of which Instagram has already banned. To set this up, Instagram has partnered with over 40 helpline organisations around the world.
Certainly, you shouldn't wait for a friend to post something worrying to ask them if they need help, but it's another tool for starting the conversation. Scroll to see how it works.