Mental Health by FB
— The Healthy Side of Social Media
It’s called Emotional Health. It’s a bank of resources accessible from Facebook, which leveraging the expertise of industry experts, provides forms of psychological support in difficult situations. The proposal comes from Facebook UK, a country where awareness on the issue of mental health has always been great. Facebook explained that this hub will be available globally, and it will report useful information relevant to one’s geographical area, making use of local associations that deal with emotional health.
In Italy, for example, Emotional Health collaborates with Telefono Azzurro, Telefono Rosa, and Telefono Amico to tackle crises and situations of hardship, also linked to the Covid emergency.
The user will also be able to use Emotional Health’s functions on other applications in the Facebook universe. From WhatsApp to Instagram, social networks are moving in a direction of user caring, with a particular focus on teenagers. We still need to understand if social networks are the solution or the problem.