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Instagram introduces new tools to help prevent suicide

by Brandon Russell | October 18, 2016October 18, 2016 3:30 pm PDT


Instagram has introduced a new suicide prevention tool in partnership with mental health experts. If you see a friend or family member (or stranger) post something troubling, the new tool will reach out to that user with different support options.

If your account gets reported, Instagram will reach out with a message of support. Users will be confronted with three options, including “talk to a friend,” “contact a helpline,” and “get tips and support.”

Instagram COO Marne Levine talked about the new tools to Seventeen.

“We understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out,” Levine explained. “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.”

The tool could prove to valuable when someone is in need. “Outreach from a loved one can make a real difference for those who may be in distress,” Levine said.

Recently, Instagram introduced a feature that allows users to hide inappropriate comments in an effort to combat bullying.

If you need help

If you are someone you know is in crisis, it’s important to know there are options out there. And if you see someone who is in distress, speak up. You can visit the National Suicide Prevent Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...