Troian Bellisario Leads Instagram Mental Health Campaign “Here For You” (VIDEO)

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Troian Bellisario Instagram GMA

By Shari Weiss

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Troian Bellisario Instagram GMA

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Troian Bellisario has partnered with Instagram to lead a new mental health awareness campaign called “#HereForYou.” The project was announced in an interview broadcast on Monday’s “GMA.” Watch the video below.

Sitting alongside Instagram’s COO, Marne Levine, Bellisario spoke with Robin Roberts about a global effort targeting the social media’s more than 700 million users. A video campaign was created to show there are supportive communities on Instagram to help those struggling. The goal is for those users to share their own experiences with mental health to lessen the stigma around such issues.

As Gossip Cop has reported, in 2014 Bellisario opened up about suffering from an eating disorder and self-harm. Now on the morning show, she told Roberts, “It’s a constant journey forward. I have a lot friends, and fans, who feel sometimes like Instagram is the place in which you have to make your life [look] perfect.”

“It leaves a huge part of your life hidden and in the dark,” the actress said, explaining Instagram is now “offering tools and a connection to speak to people, speak to professionals, to review online literature or to connect you to a community that can get you the help you need.” As the discussion went on, Roberts became emotional.

On Monday morning, Bellisario posted a lengthy message on Instagram about the campaign. “I want to thank @instagram for continually creating a safe space for people to have conversations about mental health. I have seen & heard many brave people speak out about their own ever changing relationship to their mental illness; the ups & the downs, the triumphs & the pain,” wrote the “PLL” star.

She went on, “IG is a visual platform BUT many have used this space for more than just posting images. They have found communities and friends who support them, and places where they can speak openly and honestly about their lives. May is Mental Health Awareness month in America and @instagram asked me to join them on @goodmorningamerica with @robinrobertsgma & @marnelevine to talk about the new ways in which they are supporting these conversations and communities and how I chose to speak about my own experience with my upcoming film #FeedtheMovie.”

“No one should suffer in silence. There is no shame in asking for help. Take this moment to let someone know we are #hereforyou,” added Bellisario. Check out the video below.

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