Facebook unveils new Messenger tools for World Mental Health Day

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If only talking to friends about mental health was as easy as pushing a button.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Facebook has launched two new tools on Messenger created to do just that. Produced in consultation with the World Health Organization, the tools were designed to help facilitate difficult conversations concerning mental health. 

There’s a camera filter called “Let’s Talk,” which users can apply when talking to friends who may be reluctant to ask for help. The filter will be accessible on Messenger and Stories for a week following World Mental Health Day. There’s also a pack of stickers that say things like “Listening Listening Listening” and “Talk to Me.” Users can send these in private messages to initiate conversations and express feelings or emotions that Facebook identified as potentially difficult to convey in the context of mental health.

“People use social media and messaging in different ways,” Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, told Mashable. “Some are public; some are private. We wanted to create an opportunity to get people over the hump when talking about mental health.” 

For every sticker sent, Facebook will donate $1 to a select group of mental health organizations around the world, including the Trevor Project and the Crisis Text Line, for a total contribution of up to $1 million. 

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