How social media, technology can boost mental wellness efforts

Ms Elaine Lek with Zen’s skate boards and hockey sticks, which she still keeps in his room. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
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What does it mean to "like" an image of self-harm online?

Ms Elaine Lek, 54, was distressed to find that a few followers had "liked" her son Zen Dylan Koh's self-harm posts on an Instagram account that he kept private. He had more than 30 followers, some of whom even commented that they hoped to join him.

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