We love helpful #beautyhacks and cool cottagecore inspo, but social media isn't always fun and games—the recent report questioning "Is Instagram bad for mental health?" is proof. Following the news surrounding the photo-sharing app, TikTok has unveiled new resources with hopes that its online community remains safe amid its video adventures.
Under the guidance of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live For Tomorrow, Samaritans of Singapore and Samaritans (UK), the video platform has decided to share wellbeing guidelines via its Safety Center (opens in new tab). Topics range from suicide and eating disorders to COVID-19 and anti-bullying.
"We're inspired by how our community openly, honestly and creatively shares about important issues such as mental well-being or body image, and how they lift each other up and lend help during difficult times," said Tara Wadhwa, the company's director of policy, in a statement.
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Wadhwa continued: "We care deeply about our community, and we always look for new ways in which we can nurture their well-being. That's why we're taking additional steps to make it easier for people to find resources when they need them on TikTok."
Not only do these guides provide information for professional help like hotlines, should a platform user need it, but they give tips about how to interact with someone virtually who appears to be struggling with their wellbeing.
"If using social media feels stressful, we may want to take a break or rethink our reasons for using it," said Dr. Chris Barry, a psychology professor at Washington State University.
Follow the trends and accounts that make you smile and do whatever makes you feel, well, you. Should you or anyone you know be struggling with mental health issues, always seek the help of a professional.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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