Facebook collaborates with WHO for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was observed on 10 October globally. And similar to other establishments, Facebook and Messenger also joined hands with the World Health Organization to create awareness for the problem that is prevalent in our society.

The social media network introduced a filter that works as an invitation for acquaintances that may need support. The people struggling with issues can reach out to their support system via messaging applications.

Additionally, Facebook also released a ‘Let’s Talk sticker pack,’ exclusively for Messenger that includes 16 stickers, which can be used instead of words during the time of need. Every time the Facebook users send one of the stickers, the social media company will donate $1, up to $1 million to various mental health organizations. These include the Caritas in Hong Kong, Crisis Text Line It’s OK to Talk of Sangath, The Jed Foundation, The Live Love Laugh Foundation, ReachOut of Australia, Save, The Trevor Project, Vibrant Emotional Health and Youthline.

According to a study conducted by the Messenger in the U.S., The U.K, and Australia, messaging makes it easy for people to talk about their emotional and mental health. Facebook also found that 80% of people who use messaging apps feel that the mode of communication is more transparent and even helps bring them bridge gaps between their close acquaintances.

The leading social media network also added that over 2.5 million people in the U.S, U.K, and Australia are members of at least one of the 7,000 groups running on Facebook that are exclusively dedicated to supporting people with mental health issues.

In their Newsroom post, Facebook said that it is important that we show our availability to friends at the time of their need and make it transparent that you care for them. This will help them open up regarding their issues and even ensure peace and tranquility. Facebook has also added some resources on their safety and well-being centers where support for people struggling with various psychological disorders is available.

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