How to use social media healthily in lockdown

Living in lockdown and being stuck at home so much, it's easy to turn to social media searching for any type of distraction or entertainment.

Model and author, Naomi Shimada, shares her tips on how to use social media healthily, to help those who find themselves ‘lost in the scroll’. She knows she’s not the only one!

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you're in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” or “YM” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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