Snapchat Announce The Launch Of Snap Minis To Offer Mental Health Support To Users
Researchers at Snapchat have been aware of user conversations around stress and anxiety, which prompted the introduction of the ‘Here For You’ tool earlier this year. If you are affected by anything touched on within this article, follow the links to our various support services or click on the blue logo icon at the bottom right of the screen to start using Cybersmile Assistant, our smart AI support assistant.
Headspace Mini is one of four mini apps made by third party developers that will run inside of Snapchat and will give users access to mediation exercises and resources for mental health related issues.
Researchers at Snapchat have been aware of user conversations around stress and anxiety, particularly since the outbreak of COVID-19, which prompted the introduction earlier this year of the ‘Here For You’ tool, providing users with links to mental health support and reliable COVID-19 information from organizations including the World Health Organization.
“Snapchat hopes that the Snap Mini x Headspace feature will provide a safe space for friends to practice meditation and mindfulness exercises, and use these new tools to send encouraging messages to positively boost friends in need.”
The new Headspace mini app has been designed to enable users to participate in meditation together, which could ease the fear of trying something new and prompt more people to try the experience. Users can also chat with each other during the process, enabling people to share the meditation experience with a friend as opposed to just prompting discussion. Once users click the app, they will be given six mediation exercises to choose from: ‘Just Breathe,’ ‘Get out of a funk,’ ‘Kick the panic,’ ‘Be nice to you,’ ‘Pressure to succeed,’ and ‘Me time.’
“It is encouraging to see new and innovative mental health resources being made available to users of all ages. With so many people facing a myriad of issues during these uncertain times, it is crucial for social media platforms with large user bases to provide some form of relief and support online.”
Dan Raisbeck, Co-founder, The Cybersmile Foundation
Headspace Mini can be accessed by clicking on the Rocket icon at the bottom of the screen, searching for ‘Headspace’ in the search bar or through Snapchat’s ‘Here For You’ mental health portal.
If you are affected by anything touched on within this article we can help you. Visit our Help Center or click on the blue logo icon at the bottom right of the screen to open Cybersmile Assistant, our smart AI support assistant. To learn more about Cybersmile and our work, please explore the following recommendations:
- Who Are Cybersmile?
- People We’ve Helped
- Stop Cyberbullying Day 2020 Encourages Kindness And Acceptance Online
- Renowned U.K. Doctor And Wellbeing Expert Dr Radha Modgil Joins Cybersmile Advisory Panel
- Cybersmile Publish National Digital Wellbeing 2020 Report Focussing On Young People’s Technology-Related Wellbeing
- Concerns Raised Over Eating Disorder Content On TikTok
- Instagram And Facebook Announce Ban On All Content Promoting LGBT Conversion Therapy
- Nicola Glencross AKA WWE Superstar ‘Nikki Cross’ Announced As Official Cybersmile Ambassador
- Cybersmile Help Center
- Managing An Eating Disorder During Lockdown
- Facebook And Instagram Announce New Focus To Combat Racism Online
- The Cybersmile Conversation (Allow a few seconds to load, but worth the wait!)
- Online Hate Targeting Asian People Spikes As Coronavirus Crisis Deepens
- Cybersmile, Cosmopolitan And Instagram Team Up To Launch The Positivity Index
- Cybersmile Experiences 900% Increase In People Seeking Help For Chatroulette Related Issues
- Experts Around The World Warn Parents To Be Vigilant As Cyberbullying Increases During Lockdown
- Body Confidence Influencer Chessie King Announced As Official Cybersmile Ambassador And Media Spokesperson
- Cybersmile Offers Free Digital Education And Support In Response To Coronavirus Crisis
- How To Stay Positive During Lockdown And Self-Isoloation
- Cybersmile Campaigns
- What We Do
- Cybersmile Gaming
- New Three-Digit Mental Health Emergency Hotline Set To Launch Across U.S.
- Catching Up With Zoe Sugg To Discuss Life Online
- Cybersmile And Instagram Announce Anti-Bullying Campaign: Banter or Bullying?
- Cybersmile Publishes National Millennial And Gen Z Study Of Attitudes And Perspectives Toward Social Media Platforms
- Snapchat Announce New Mental Health Intervention Feature
- Gaming Help Center
- Study Links Negative Effects Of Cyberbullying With Serious Mental Health Problems Among Young People
- Understanding Social Media And Mental Health
- Corporate Partnership Program
- Cybersmile Newsroom
- Become A Cybersmile Sustainer