Bebo introduces mental-health resource

18 Dec 2007

Bebo has announced the launch of a new resource on its site for information on mental health, social care and well-being.

Entitled ‘Be Well’, the resource is accessible to Bebo’s 12 million-plus users in the UK and Ireland. Its aim is to provide Beboers with access to independent expert advice from support organisations.

Organisations that are involved in the resource include the Drugs Awareness Programme in Ireland, Beat Bullying, the CARI Foundation, the Samaritans, Childline and Spun Out, among others. The resource section on Bebo provides links to the organisations’ websites and specific, targeted advice and information.

“We recognise that our community socialises online and appreciates easy access to support services from within Bebo, which may not be as readily accessible in the real world,” said Dr Rachel O’Connell, chief safety officer, Bebo.

“The Be Well approach is a natural progression to best support a community that spends more time online than ever before.

“People can really benefit from expert advice at certain points in their lives. Be Well aims to ensure that these services are easily accessible to the Bebo community. We’re encouraged by the positive response from both the Bebo community and support providers to this initiative.”

Bebo intends to expand the resource to bring on more support organisations and to make it country-relevant around the globe.

By Niall Byrne