Instagram's New Wellness Feature Out Just in Time for Mental Health Awareness Month

Published on May 21, 2020

Instagram is back at it again and with a new feature added to the mix, and they picked the perfect time to do it. If you don’t know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In the times that we are facing, our mental health is and should be our top priority. Right now, we should all take a moment and check in on ourselves as well as others to make sure that everyone is okay. Instagram is also helping us with that. Honestly, I am really liking this new feature. If I’m not on my computer, then I’m glued to my phone. Having easy access to this feature makes the situation even better.

Tips For Mental Health

The social media platform made the new feature they are adding in a blog post. The new feature is called Guides. It’s “a way to more easily discover recommendations, tips, and other content from your favorite creators, public figures, organizations, and publishers on Instagram.”

Due to the pandemic and everyone adjusting to the new normal, there may be some out there who are struggling. Instagram set up this feature to let people know that they aren’t alone, and we are all in this together. So, with everything that is going on in the world right now, Guides will have content focusing on mental health and wellness.

On Guides, Instagram enables creators to connect with different experts and organizations to share outlooks and resources. For example, tips on how to look after your well-being and managing anxiety and grief. It has all the tools that you need right now.

Accessing Guides

To access the new feature, you can go a profile of anyone or an organization of participating creators. Here are some creators who are currently using Guides, @afspnational, @heads_together, @vitaalere, @klicksafe,  @headspace_aus, @deepikapadukone, @sudahdong, and @eenfanc.

The Guides symbol looks like a book symbol in the middle of their page where you would see their Instagram TV. Now, if you don’t see it, you might have to update your app to pop it up on someone’s page if they have it. When accessing Guides on the creator’s page, you can see posts and videos that the creator has laid out with tips and advice. You are also free to share content on your page as well. Right now, you can only access Guides from the creator’s page, but in the next days, you will be able to get to it from the Explore page.

Having easy access to these types of materials, I think it is a good play. People fighting with their mental health and others out there might not know what to do when they may be feeling down or don’t understand what their feeling at the moment. I think Instagram and the creators who are partnering with them on this new feature is such a beneficial thing that we all need. Everyone may be in the same situation, and for Instagram and other creators to come together to add this feature, lets us all know that we aren’t alone.

Jori Ayers is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily based in Tampa, Florida. She was formerly with the editorial team at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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