Every day, people affected by mental illness use Instagram to share their experiences and connect with others.
From dedicated accounts tackling specific issues and women redefining beauty standards, to hashtags highlighting mental health movements and kind comments, Instagram is an important community of support for many people across the UK.
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the social media platform has highlighted some of the inspiring community members who are using Instagram to share their personal stories whilst motivating others to conquer their own challenges - and we are so here for it. Here are some of the empowering posts we love...
Kay Ska - @kay_ska (18.1k followers) Kay is the founder of @MH_Stories_, an award winning blog which aims to raise awareness of and put an end to the stigma associated with mental health. Kay also uses Instagram to document her recovery from anorexia. Her feed and Stories often see her providing personal advice and inspirational quotes, empowering people to share their own mental health experiences. Kay will be featured on the official @ account this week talking about her mental health journey.
Lauren - @thepositivitypages (5.4k followers) 17-year-old Lauren is the founder of The Positive Page, a website created to generate positivity, self-love and mental health awareness. She regularly shares posts encouraging followers to be kinder to themselves, bringing hope to people going through difficult times.
Lizzie - @lizziesdoodlediary (2.2k followers) Lizzie suffers from bipolar disorder and uses art therapy to improve her mental and emotional well-being. Her Instagram page acts as a gallery of her creations, with Lizzie detailing the ups and downs of day-to-day life in each caption.
Danika Ransome - @my_mh_journey (5.4k followers) Danika is a mental health advocate who uses Instagram to document her personal experience living with borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. She shares her journey on Instagram, and her posts about learning to love her body have resonated with many young women.
Libby Phillips - @libbyshappyproject (4.8k followers) 17-year-old Libby is a body positive illustrator who uses her art to encourage people to be happy in their own skin and not equate their appearance with happiness.
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