Most of us spend a good deal of time online with social media. Although many of the people we follow are likely to be people we know, there’s a good chance you’ve got a few people that you watch on social media who you aren’t friends with. What do you do when you think they need help if you don’t know them well enough to send a note? Instagram has rolled out new features to get people support when they need it.
If you see something that makes you worry, you can report the photo anonymously. The user who posted it will be told that someone was concerned about them and will be linked to a variety of resources for to get help. It will also give them options to message or phone a friend.
Certain hashtags that indicate mental health issues, self-harm, or the like have also been flagged by the system so that when searched, users are instead directed to help. Social media gets a lot flack about causing distance between people but innovations like this will help people support each other in trouble times, even if they’re strangers with nothing in common but liking the same sort of content.