Facebook is teaming up with Bangladeshi organisations like National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Shuchona Foundation, Moner Bondhu and Kaan Pete Roi in an effort to support and raise awareness on mental health.
According to a 2019 survey, nearly 17 percent of adults in Bangladesh are suffering from mental health issues, and 92 percent among them don’t seek professional help.These organisations provide regular counseling on suicide, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other related issues.
Karuna Nain, Director of Global Safety Policy at Facebook, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to deal with isolation and navigate feelings of losses.”
“We want people to know that they are not alone by connecting them with organisations and experts who are there to listen and help,” she added.
Facebook works with world’s leading experts in mental wellbeing, seeking their inputs to create and modify products and processes.
In Bangladesh, the popular social media platform has partnered with leading and reputed nonprofit organisations to advise and improve policies and practices.
Saima Wazed, Chairperson of Shuchona Foundation and Advisor to the Director General, WHO on Mental Health and Autism, said, “We are happy to partner with Facebook to raise awareness about mental health issues in Bangladesh. Making it easier for people to connect to communities and experts that offer support is an important step in addressing mental health.”Through Facebook, if the people in Bangladesh now seek support from these partner organisations, they will provide regular counseling on suicide, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other related issues.
Facebook’s Community Standards cover policies around suicide and self-injury. A number of initiatives have been launched to connect people to mental health resources around the world, particularly as a result of the pandemic and its impact on health and mental wellbeing.
The company has also tightened its policy to avoid unintentionally promoting or triggering self-harm.
Facebook and Instagram will continue to connect people to mental health resources, ensuring that it is easy to seek help and get support.