April 23, 2015


Kim Kardashian Breaks the Internet for a Good Cause: Mental Health

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It's relieving to see celebrity and social media mogul Kim Kardashian using her brain instead of her ass to break the internet. Yesterday, HLN Communications announced the premiere of a new show #RedFlag; Executive Produced by Kardashian. The pilot episode, premiering on Tuesday, May 5 at 9PM ET, "explores the lives of two people suffering from mental illness and how they use social media to express their feelings, connect with others and find support," according to HLN. Check out a peek, below.

Kardashian, who is said to have been quite passionate about the project because of family issues, approached GRB Entertainment with the idea for the show. The production company is no stranger to tackling mental health issues through a sensitive and morally responsible lens, with 14 seasons of Intervention under their belt.

The question at hand is how the show will tackle the pre-pubescent monster of social media. With almost nine years of Twitter, 11 years of Facebook and only four years of Instagram we do have some social media experts in our midst. However, we are only beginning to understand the toll public living is taking on our mental health, professional lives and intimate relationships.

The new show profiles the lives of people who are using social media to reach out for help, but it seems dangerous to encourage people to ask for help through these mediums. Many times a tweet or post is sent in to the ether and no one is listening because of the onslaught of information we are guzzling. 

Is it safe to rely on a medium of peripheral friendships for help? Hopefully the series will be able to shine light on the dangers of relying on social media for help, while offering assistance to the ones lucky enough to have listeners in their digital circle.