What’s Instagram Doing to Your Mental Health?

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May 20, 2017
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A new study by Young Health Movement and the Royal Society for Public Health has found that Instagram is the worst platform in having a negative effect on mental well-being. The study surveyed 1,500 14 to 24-year-olds and the mental effects that five social media platforms had on them. Participants stated that social media has caused an increase in bullying, body image anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The study showed that YouTube was the least detrimental and even demonstrated a positive effect on teen’s lives, despite affecting sleep.

Instagram has addressed mental health issues with a “HereForYou” campaign where people share mental health stories of their own through the app. Check out a  post from the campaign below.

“The Sad Girls Club (@sadgirlsclubpbg) started with me documenting my worst year of depression, and I created a film out of what I was going through,” says 27-year-old Elyse Fox (@elyse.fox). “My family never knew what was happening with me. I always seemed happy and in a positive mood, so this was my way of telling the world, and the people close to me, ‘This is what’s really going on in my head. This is what’s been going on with me.’ As soon as I released it, 50 girls flooded my inbox saying, ‘I see myself in this story. I can totally relate to this. Can you give me any advice?’ Immediately, I saw a need. There were girls out there, a lot younger than me and as confused as I was at their age, that needed a sense of community, a mentor or just someone to vent to. I wish people understood that depression is an actual sickness. It’s something that needs to be studied and treated as such. And treated with kindness and with love.” #hereforyou Watch our Instagram story where Elyse offers some helpful advice, then, learn more about how our community is sharing their mental health journeys and supporting one another. (Video link in bio) Photo by @elyse.fox

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