Counseling is a Snap!

Photo courtesy of techinasia.com

Photo courtesy of techinasia.com

Rajshekar Patil an ‘ad guy’ is also the developer behind Snap Counsellors, a Snapchat account to help teens in India suffering from relationship or partner abuse. In an article this week on Mashable.com Snap Counsellors was introduced to the world and prided as a way to help teens speak up about relationship abuse.

Raj shares that relationship abuse is common for Indian teens but many are reluctant to share their experience or talk about it for fear of repercussion from their partners. It’s not uncommon for an abusive partner to search their phone, messaging apps, or other forms of communication.

And that’s why Snapchat’s self-destruct feature makes it ideal for a helpline. All messages get deleted within 10 seconds.

Snapchat’s 10 second shelf life comes in handy for this type of conversation. What many once believed to allow teens to get into trouble because of the short life of posts is now a major selling point for Indian teens that allows them to get the help and support they need.

While Snap Counsellors is mainly for Indian teens, they do not turn any person’s snaps away.  They have received posts from teens the U.S., Canada, and South Asia. They have also received posts from women suffering abuse, not just teens. They strive to help anyone that asks for assistance through social media.

…the idea is to use technology for change and community

Raj and his team have taken a popular form of social media and turned it into a great resource for not just teens in India, but people across the globe!

You can connect with Snap Counsellors on Snapchat @lovedoctordotin. For more information and to learn more about the services offered or to connect online please visit the LoveDoctor website.

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One Response to Counseling is a Snap!

  1. sydhavely says:

    Let’s hope it helps those in abusive relationships and in changing community norms and behaviors so that such actions are not tolerated. Hierarchical societies seem most vulnerable to these continuing abusive behaviors and that is one positive role for social media. Great post, Liz.

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