For a year Instagram has introduced tools to support people with mental health problems, such as depression. The anonymous reporting tool will appear when the user typed a #depression fence in the search field.
“The words or tags you are looking for often encourage behaviors that can cause harm and even death.If you are having something difficult, we want to help,”
It was the words that came before Instagram brought up photos related to the sign.
Below those words appears a link that leads to “help”.
“If it is currently experiencing difficult problems and needs support, here is our help.” After that there are three help options provided: talking with friends, connecting to the help line, and tips and support for people who are depressed.
Before making this tool, Instagram first consult with mental health experts. Because, at the same time, they try to understand the form of support needed by friends, family, or other people who are depressed.
“These tools are designed to let you know that you are surrounded by people who care about you,” said Instagram, Levine, as quoted by Wired on Friday, June 21, 2017.
Further mentioned, this tool is a big step to help millions of people who suffer from mental health problems. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in early 2016 that the depression is indirectly “contagious”, which makes other people dare to do the same.