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Instagram’s new feature is a mental health game-changer

Instagram’s new feature is a mental health game-changer


now Instagram, one of the biggest social media platforms in the world, has created a new feature to help those dealing with mental illness


“Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression? Although this means it’s more likely for someone in your inner circle to suffer from depression, most likely they will not speak up in fear of being ridiculed.”


“The new feature will allow users to anonymously flag a photo when they think someone needs help. Once the photo is flagged, the person will receive a message that reads “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.” After receiving this message, they will receive different options to get help.”


“In order to create messages that will seem helpful, rather than invasive, Instagram is working with organizations like the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”



““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. At the same time, we understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out,” Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine told Seventeen. “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.””


“Additionally, if you search for hashtags that are associated with self-harm, you will notice that most of them are banned, and for those that are still featured, support options will pop up.”


“We fervently applaud what Instagram is doing with this new feature! Although this social media platform has opened so many doors, and provided a space for people all over the world to connect, it can also be a factor in generating feelings of inadequacy or self-esteem issues. By adding this new feature, we hope that this will open up the conversation about mental illness and break down the stigma that surrounds it.”


“For those in crisis and in need of immediate help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255. Please remember that although it may not feel like it now, there is always help out there.”
Source: Instagram Innovates

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14 Women Reveal What Finally Got Them To Stop Texting Their Ex Back — Thought Catalog

 

@prozipix1. “Saw him on Tinder two days after he had called me on the phone, acting all emotional and dramatic, talking about how he ‘wanted me back.’ And I’m actually really happy that this happened. It was just the catalyst I needed to realize he was the worst.” –Lela, 24 2. “My mom told me…

via 14 Women Reveal What Finally Got Them To Stop Texting Their Ex Back — Thought Catalog

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#StopSigma

 SANE 
  

Help us to #StopStigma
“It’s time to start talking about mental illness. There are so many ways that you can get involved and help us to #StopStigma, and change mental health for good.”

  

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“SANE campaigns tirelessly to end the stigma and prejudices surrounding mental health. We raise awareness and educate people about mental illness to combat the ignorance which all too often exacerbates the distress that sufferers experience. Together we can bring mental health out of the shadows. Please join the fight today and give here to help us #StopStigma. Thank you.”

  

Project Helping

“All of us at Project Helping intimately understand the stigma around mental health issues and depression. We understand because we have all struggled with depression and depression related illness and we have all felt the crushing burden of the stigma. In turn, we all understand the importance of working towards ending the associated stigma.”

  
​”The stigma that exists around depression and mental health is the primary reason that 80% of people suffering with mental health issues do not speak up and do not seek help. Forty million people in the United States suffer from depression. That means that approximately 25 million people suffer from depression in complete silence. In turn, this is the reason that approximately 40,000 people per year attempt suicide.”

  
“For those living with depression or other mental health issues in silence, they likely fear many possible repercussions:”

  • ​Limited Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Exclusion from Social Circles
  • ​Loss of Spouse/Partner
  • Judgement from Religious Community
  • Fear of Health and Life Insurance Limitations

Depression is a Serious Matter

“It is estimated that depression causes the most additional health issues of any disease. Depression is financially the most costly disease in the world due to the fact that is causes other health issues and often goes untreated. Unlike the emotional experiences of sadness, loss and passing mood states, clinical depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with someone’s ability to function. Many people still believe that the prolonged and overwhelming symptoms of depression are “not real” or that the person should “try harder” and “just get over it” and this creates the depression stigma.”

  
“When someone chooses not to speak up because of the fear and shame of the stigma, it can impact their life and health in many ways.”

  

  • Isolation 
  • Untreated Disease
  • Deteriorating Physical Health
  • Worsening or Co-occuring Additional Diseases

  

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4 Reasons You Should Stop Wearing Makeup Right Now

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17 Things You Stop Caring About The Closer You Get To 30

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How to Stop Procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating

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“Ugh! I’m so full, I can’t breathe!” says Rose as she finishes her cheeseburger. “And I’ve got to lose weight … I think I’ll have the crème brûlée” Across the table, her oncologist friend, Linda, lights up, handling the stress of treating cancer patients by smoking like a chimney. Meanwhile Barb is complaining about her 27-year-old son, Randy. “If he doesn’t get a job and move out soon,” she says, “I don’t know what I’ll do.” Rose and Linda know what Barb will do—she’ll keep cooking and cleaning for Randy until she dies of old age.”

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DO HIT YOUR MUTE BUTTON:“If you’re not sure whether you’re in danger of talking your dreams to death, try something for me. Today, whenever you mutter your usual reminders about cleaning the closet, learning to tango, or finding a new job/boyfriend/oven thermometer, make a note of it on a piece of paper. At the end of the day, read over your list and ask yourself, “Did I do anything that created a measurable change toward each goal?” If not, you’re substituting words for action. You can close the knowing-doing gap only by focusing on observable change—not plans, comments, or excuses. You don’t have to build Rome in a day; small tweaks are more sustainable, and thus more effective, than attempts at total revolution.”

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Stop the Stigma: ‘Bipolar’ Is Not a New Word for Just Darn Unpleasant

Stop the Stigma

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“You hear it everywhere. “Oh, she’s so bipolar.”

It’s the diagnosis of the decade. At least in the general public.”

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“Here are some statistics. The National Institute of Mental Health (2005) reports that the prevalence of bipolar disorder is 2.6 percent of the U.S. population. It is interesting and unhappy to note their report that only about half of those with bipolar disorder are getting good treatment. Another scholarly report (2007) breaks down the two major diagnostic categories of Bipolar, I and II, and reports their prevalence, respectively, as 1 percent and 1.1 percent, with what they term “sub threshold” bipolar II at 2.4 percent.”

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