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TikTok to provide mental health support to its users

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TikTok has announced new features to its service to support people struggling with their mental health and suicidal thoughts.

The social media platform already offers advice for those living with eating disorders and a search intervention feature directing users to online support when they search phrases such as #suicide, but now the platform will share information from creators in an attempt to help others.

TikTok’s “well-being guide” has been put together in association with worldwide support groups International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live For Tomorrow, Samaritans of Singapore and Samaritans.

The incentive is to make young people aware sharing personal mental health stories online could go viral. TikTok wants its users to ensure they are ready for their personal experiences to reach a wider audience before they post.

More than 40 per cent of TikTok users are aged 22 or under.