This week Instagram launched #HereForYou, a campaign highlighting support for the conversation around mental health as part of mental health awareness month.
Blogger selfloveclubb on Instagram is also posting what mental illness looks like:
A recurring discussion regards young people only wanting to show their best selves on social media, so such a campaign is helpful in opening up the doors for change.
To do it, Instagram brought three social media influencers who have been active in combating the stigma surrounding mental health. They include filmmaker Elyse Fox of the Sad Girls Club account, British anorexia survivor Sacha Cuddy, and Luke Ambler, a former professional rugby player and now a suicide prevention advocate.
Social media like Facebook has had to be careful on these types of discussions, especially with the wave of suicide videos on their live service.
Instagram isn’t fully new to the idea of dealing with mental illness. Last year, Instagram launched a suicide prevention tool that allowed people to anonymously flag posts about self harm and suicide.