TikTok Adds New Mental Health Resources

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Last week TikTok announced it would be adding new mental health resources for users struggling with suicidal ideations. The resources available include crisis call and text hotlines and advice on how to engage with someone in a crisis when a users searches #suicide.

In their announcement Tiktok stated, “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.”

The updates to the app coincide with Suicide Prevention Awareness month, which takes place in September. Many users have turned to the app to speak out about mental health and wellbeing and to connect with other users struggling with anxiety and depression. The #MentalHealth hashtag has been viewed more than 16.4 billion times and the #MentalHealthMatters hashtag has been viewed over 13.5 billion times.

Professional say this is a step in the right direction for that app as research shows social media platforms can contribute to depression and anxiety, especially among young users. However, experts warn not to replace TikTok’s new resources with professional therapeutic and psychiatric care.

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