How is Instagram bringing self-help to teens?
15 Jul 2018
How is Instagram bringing self-help to teens?

For generations, people have sought to improve themselves by seeking guidance from friends, family, support groups, and books. But in the digital era, many teenagers are turning to Instagram for self-help advice. How are they harnessing this platform to find solutions for everyday problems?

Roisin Doolan

Roisin Doolan is the youth participation and community engagement officer at ReachOut Ireland, an online mental health service providing resources to people aged 12-25 dealing with issues like depression, anxiety, loneliness, and harassment.

Erin Vogel

Erin Vogel is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work focuses on the effects of social media on young people’s self-perceptions and behaviors and on the use of social media as a platform to improve health, wellbeing and social connection among adolescents and young adults.

Julissa Trevino

Julissa Treviño is a journalist based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has written for BBC Future, Columbia Journalism Review, Racked and Pacific Standard. Her work focuses on science, beauty, cities, and marginalized communities.