5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life
5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life

Jennifer McShane

Changing the script: Claire Mooney and Nell Hensey of Pure Divilment Pictures
Changing the script: Claire Mooney and Nell Hensey of Pure Divilment Pictures

Meg Walker

Four expert-approved ways to pay less tax
Four expert-approved ways to pay less tax

Nick Charalambous

This Monkstown home is a serene dream, yet still perfectly suited to the demands of family life
This Monkstown home is a serene dream, yet still perfectly suited to the demands of...

IMAGE Interiors & Living

Crossing: Director Levan Akin on his new film, patriarchy and the importance of family
Crossing: Director Levan Akin on his new film, patriarchy and the importance of family

Sarah Finnan

Weekend Guide: Festivals, exhibitions, and more great events
Weekend Guide: Festivals, exhibitions, and more great events

Sarah Gill

IMAGE staff pick their top skincare products from French beauty brands
IMAGE staff pick their top skincare products from French beauty brands

Edaein OConnell

Inside the former tram ticketing office on the market for €680,000
Inside the former tram ticketing office on the market for €680,000

Sarah Finnan

The rise of teeth gems on the Irish scene
The rise of teeth gems on the Irish scene

Oyindamola Animashaun

Page Turners: ‘The Story Collector’ author Evie Woods
Page Turners: ‘The Story Collector’ author Evie Woods

Sarah Gill

Image / Editorial

This New Feature On Instagram Looks Out For Your Mental Health


By Niamh ODonoghue
19th Oct 2016
This New Feature On Instagram Looks Out For Your Mental Health

Thanks to heightened levels of awareness and open discussion, we’re becoming well-versed in the seriousness of mental health and the debilitating?effects it has on a persons life. While ‘traditional’ issues resulting in depression (i.e issues within the?family, a relationship, financial problems, health problems) should continue to be treated, it’s important for us as a society to understand that?as society changes and adapts, so too will the conditions that cause depression.

We must?have sympathy with younger generations today: they don’t know the world without phones, instant communication, social media (in particular), and now even virtual and augmented reality – all of which have significant implications for their psychological and emotional state.

Taking a positive step forward in tackling issues around mental health and social media, Instagram has?introduced a special help feature for anyone using the social media platform that may need emotional assistance. The platform – which is largely based on vanity and aesthetics – will now allow users to anonymously flag another user’s image if they think it could potentially be harmful?or concerning.

Once the image is flagged, Instagram?will automatically send the person a private 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”, followed by a list of charities available and support helplines.?Similarly, Instagram will also intervene with any users who use derogatory hashtags such as #SelfHarm.

Speaking about the positive move to?Seventeen,?Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine said that??we’re listening 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.?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”.

According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, there are an estimated 350 million people across the globe – of all ages – who suffer from mental health related issues.