The latest social media app seek to help people navigate distressing pandemic situations is Snapchat, which announced a new in-app feature called ‘Here For You’ that connects users with mental health experts.
The new feature has been released earlier than its intended launch date as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘Here For You’ tool is a mental health resource available inside the Snapchat app that aimed to help users who might be struggling with mental or emotional health issues; such as anxiety, depression, suicide, and bullying.
Why Is It Important?
The feature will contain content to make its users aware of safety measures and what resources are available. This feature is created so that the younger generations, which are the main users of Snapchat are denounced for not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously as younger people are less likely to contract and be killed by the virus.
What’s It For?
The ‘Here For You’ tool has been announced very early on by Snapchat and it is a tool wherein top materials published by experts on mental health would be the first one to appear when users search for topics like depression, anxiety, suicide, mental health, and other related topics. The tool will include advice for people who have friends struggling with mental health.
Here For You, which will roll out in the coming months, will show safety resources from local experts when Snapchatters search for certain topics, including those related to anxiety, depression, stress, grief, suicidal thoughts, and bullying. Here
It is widely believed that the younger generation is not doing their part in stopping the spread of the virus, this is why Snapchat is compelled to release this feature ahead of its original launch date to help the younger generation to fully realize how serious the COVID-19 pandemic is.
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