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Instagram offers support for anxiety sufferers; see how to use | Social networks

Instagram has a hidden function designed to help anyone looking for posts with words or hashtags like #depression, #ansiety, and #suicdio. The social network, once considered the most damaging of young people's mental health, offers from psychologists tips to calm the spirits to a direct channel of contact with volunteers from the Center for Life Valuation (CVV).

The app warns that this kind of content often encourages behavior that can hurt a person, and even lead to death. "If you are going through a difficult situation, we would like to help," explains the social network. You can access the function from both the application and the web version of Instagram. Check out the walkthrough in the following tutorial.

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Instagram the social network that most affects young people's mental health, according to study Photo: TechTudoInstagram the social network that most affects young people's mental health, according to study Photo: TechTudo

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Step 1. When you open Instagram, click the magnifying glass and search for the hashtags #ansiety, #depress, or #suicdio.

Help appears when searching for hashtags like #ansiety on Instagram Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia LoubakHelp appears when searching for hashtags like #ansiety on Instagram Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak

Help appears when searching for hashtags like #ansiety on Instagram Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak

Step 2. In the message box that opens under the heading "Can we help you?" Click "Get Support." Then choose what kind of help you need to choose from:

  • Talk to a friend – to talk to someone you trust by Direct or call;
  • Talk to a helpline volunteer – to contact a specialist service agent;
  • Get support tips – for suggestions on how to help yourself.

Instagram supports users suffering from anxiety and depression Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia LoubakInstagram supports users suffering from anxiety and depression Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak

Instagram supports users suffering from anxiety and depression Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak

Step 3. By clicking on the "Talk to a helpline volunteer" option, the user can choose between three contact routes. Instagram will automatically redirect the person to the desired channel.

  You can talk to the Life Valuation Center through three channels. Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak  You can talk to the Life Valuation Center through three channels. Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak

You can talk to the Life Valuation Center through three channels. Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak

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