How do I use Snapchat’s Here For You mental health tool?
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(Pocket-lint) – Snap’s mental health tool, called Here For You, wants you to know someone is always there for you.
Originally unveiled in 2020, Here for You is designed to offer “proactive in-app support” to Snapchatters who may be dealing with mental health issues or emotional crises. It is also useful for anyone who wants to learn more about these problems and help those who are facing them. Here For You was announced before the coronavirus pandemic, then rolled out earlier to help people facing the full effects of isolation.
What is Snap’s “Here For You” tool?
The Here For You tool is designed to display ‘safety resources’ from mental health experts – including local experts – when you search for certain topics, such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement , suicidal thoughts and bullying. There’s a topic specific to COVID-19, for example, with information from the Ad Council, World Health Organization, CDC, Crisis Text Line, NHS and other bodies. Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has partnered with these experts to create content specifically related to the coronavirus.
In a statement, Snap said the Here For You initiative was “based on studies” which show that connecting with other people is the best defense against “feelings of loneliness”.
How do I use Snap’s Here for You tool?
The Snapchat app’s search feature for iOS and Android will help you find Friends, Saved Memories, Lenses, Editor Stories, and now Here For You resources. Just type in a mental health-related topic, like depression, suicide, or even just “sad,” and you’ll see Here For You suggestions related to the topic you’re looking for. You’ll also see resources related to the pandemic, if you’re looking for terms like coronavirus or COVID-19. You can also subscribe to Here For You to receive regular updates.
- Open the latest version of the Snapchat mobile app.
- Unless you are a new user who needs to register first, you should see the camera.
- Look for the Search button (magnifying glass icon) at the top of the screen and tap it.
- Now start typing in the search field. Type “Here For You” to find the feature and subscribe, or type words related to mental health crises or the pandemic to see Here For You content related to the search term.
After that ?
Once you find “Here For You”, you can view recent articles that have been published that aim to help you deal with mental health issues. You can view these articles in the subscription bar of your articles page.
You want to know more ?
Check out our Snapchat guide to learn more about how the app works:
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Written by Maggie Tillman.