“Facebook is working with mental health experts and organizations around the world to connect people with the support they need, and we are launching new content and tools to encourage people to start conversations about mental health.” , the tech giant said in a blog post on Thursday.
Amid concerns about the social media giant’s effect on children’s mental well-being, he opened a new âEmotional Healthâ resource center on Facebook.
The center includes resource cards on tips for creating positive mental health and guides for providing equitable access to mental health support to vulnerable communities such as Blacks, Latinos, and Asians, among others.
Recently, Facebook was criticized by a former employee of the United States Congress over the negative effects of its platforms on children’s mental health.
On WhatsApp, UNICEF has launched a new global mental health chatbot to offer tips for communicating what’s going on in someone’s mind, breaking stigma and starting a conversation with someone you care about.
Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) health alerts chatbot on WhatsApp will provide mental health and wellness resources like exercise to help reduce stress. Regional hotlines, including a Loneliness Advice chatbot developed by the Connection Coalition in the UK, are also available.
On Messenger, the tech giant worked with WHO and acclaimed illustrator Caleb Boyles to develop the “I Care For You” sticker pack to help start conversations when words are hard to find, according to the blog. .
âOn World Mental Health Day and beyond, WHO is working with partners to raise awareness of the importance of mental health care, as well as to encourage people to open up, to ask help or offer support to loved ones who may need it, âadded Gabriella Stern, WHO Director of Communications, in this post.
The tech giant also recently introduced a new Suicide Prevention Toolkit, which contains resources for parents, educators, youth and the media on how to safely discuss suicide issues.