Facebook has announced the launch of a resource center, in collaboration with mental health authorities in addition to a few other initiatives.
‘Emotional Health’ is a centralized mental health resource center on the Facebook app with tips and information from experts. The resource will be available globally, with locally relevant information from mental health officials. Features and topic areas will be built gradually.
Across Facebook apps, features to connect people to support and resources will be rolling out, including:
- The World Health Organization Digital Stress Management Guide, which provides techniques designed to reduce stress and promote mental well-being, now available on the WHO Health Alert chatbot on WhatsApp
- A sticker pack available on Messenger designed with the WHO, to facilitate conversations around mental health that can lead to support
- Suicide and self-harm prevention through a partnership with Crisis Text Line to provide Crisis Support Over Messenger
- New mental well-being guides on Instagram, including one created in collaboration with JED Foundation to help teens understand how their time online may impact their emotional well-being, and one from the Korea Suicide Prevention Center that provides guidance on how men can talk about mental health without shame.
The company will also be showcasing a series of episodes on Facebook Watch related to mental health, collaborating with professionals from the field, and hosting sessions to address issues such as the growing pressure of portraying a picture-perfect life on the Facebook apps, that most users succumb to.