This week I wanted to share something near and dear to my heart, while sharing what emerging media is doing for the cause. Recently, Instagram launched a suicide prevention tool to reach out to users at risk of self-harm (Kottasova, 2016).
I serve on a board of a nonprofit called IceCream MELTS and they are a suicide prevention and mental health awareness organization. When I saw that Instagram implemented this tool, it made me proud to be involved with IceCream MELTS.
Since the implementation of this tool, what will happen is, followers can anonymously flag a user’s post if its contents lead them to believe the poster is going through a difficult time. Then a message from Instagram will direct that user to the resources to find help and support (Allen, 2016).
Instagram has partnered with 40 organizations worldwide including The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Save.org (Allen, 2016) and the Samaritans (Kottasova, 2016).
Allen, K. (2016, October 24). Instagram focuses on suicide prevention with new tool. PR Daily. Retrieved from http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/21644.aspx
Kottasova, I. (2016, October 20). Instagram launches suicide prevention tool. CNN Money. Retrieved from http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/20/technology/instagram-suicide-prevention-tools/