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Facebook Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

LONDON-ALSHARQIYA Oct 14:Facebook has launched a mental health campaign with new tools on its platform and a messenger to allow users to talk about it by posting photos and videos that disappear within 24 hours. The network has also released a set of posters for use with Messenger and features phrases such as Let's Talk, Listen and Mental Health Topics. Facebook said it will donate one dollar each time a user sends one of these posters to another user, and donations will be sent to 10 associations and organizations concerned with mental health, noting that it expects the proceeds to reach one million dollars. Organizations that will receive a portion of Facebook's donations include SafeDot.org, Trevor Project and Crisis TextLine. The use of social networking sites such as Facebook has become linked to depression, low self-esteem and other mental illnesses, as a result of people comparing their lives to the lives of others who follow them on social media. At the same time, Facebook has launched several tools to resist these negative effects such as suicide prevention tools. Antigone Davis, head of global safety at Facebook, said the idea of ​​the new posters and filters was linked to research commissioned by the social network and showed how private messages make it easy to chat about difficult topics, adding that users in Britain, the United States and Australia surveyed said they felt able. To talk more openly when they write messages, not when they talk in person. "If we only open a few dialogues on mental health issues, we would consider this a success," Davis said.

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