Instagram Allows You To Help Your Friend Who’s Hurting


Sometimes users might use Instagram to leave a cry for help …

Social media is used for many different reasons.  For showing off something you’ve made, or an adventure you had with your friends, maybe.  Often times, especially on Instagram, the positivity overwhelms the negativity.  However, the negativity can still come through — and often times does.  Maybe you’ve seen a friend hurting on Instagram, but you haven’t been able to confront the situation.  Now, Instagram has given you a way to help.

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Depending on the situation, you may not feel fit to help your friend who is having a hard time.  Or maybe you think that if you were to speak to the person directly, it would cause more issues.  Now, instagram is giving a way for you to help.  If you see someone posting about self-harming, Instagram now allows you to anonymously report it.  This way you can help the issue, without worrying about confronting the problem head on.

Once you report it, Instagram sends the user a message.  This message says, Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.”  It gives the user the option to look at the suggestions, or to skip it.  If they take a look at the suggestions, three options come up.  They are:

  • Talk to a Friend
  • Contact a Helpline
  • Get Tips and Support

According to the Refinery29 report, if you go searching through a tag, related to self-harm, you will also get this page.

Doing my own research, I found that the #selfharm hashtag has been used over 65,000 times.  #Harmingmyself has been used around 1,000 times.  Most shockingly, #cutting was used over 4 million times.  Sure enough, when I clicked it, I got the support message myself.

“These tools are designed to let you know that you are surrounded by a community that cares about you at a moment when you might most need that reminder,”  — Marne Levine of Instagram, via Seventeen.  (Source)

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