Mental health by itself is hard enough to deal with, but with COVID-19, it can really ramp up the challenges of dealing with your own mental health issues.
Medical experts are teaming up with different social media platforms in order to provide both awareness and resources to the people in need of help.
Facebook announced the launch of its new Emotional Health resource center.
Here’s an excerpt from Facebook:
“Experts agree that COVID-19 has exacerbated mental health challenges around the world, and the repercussions will be felt for years to come. We’ve been working with leading authorities around the world — like NAMI, Kids Help Phone and It’s OK to Talk — to invest in the critical areas of mental health support, including handling financial stress, parenting support, coping with loss and grief, managing substance use and taking care of overall emotional health. Today we’re introducing Emotional Health, a centralized resource center on the Facebook app with tips and information from leading experts. The resource will be available globally, with locally relevant information from mental health officials. Over time we will build on the features and topic areas based on the guidance of our global and national partners.”
The following list are some of the resources for mental health that is either currently available or soon to be available for you to check out:
- World Health Organization Digital Stress Management Guide on WhatsApp (WHO Health Alert chatbot)
- WHO sticker pack on Messenger to facilitate conversations around mental health
- Crisis Support Over Messenger for suicide and self-harm prevention help by Crisis Text Line
- Mental Well-Being Guides on Instagram
- Peace of Mind with Taraji on Facebook Watch (an original series to shine light on mental health challenges facing people today)