Actor Tom Holland takes mental-health break from social media

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, is doing everything a spider can… to protect his sanity.

Over the weekend, “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland returned to Instagram “very, very briefly” to explain why he hasn’t been active on social media since early July – and why he won’t be posting as such as often like in old times.

“I’ve been trying to make this video for about an hour now, and for someone who’s spent the last 13, 14 years doing this — however long I’ve been acting … I can’t seem to say what I have to say without every five minutes, err.” -ing and ah-ing, so I’ll try again,” the actor said.

“I took a break from social media for mental health reasons because I find Instagram and Twitter over-stimulating and overwhelming. When I read things about myself online I get trapped and spiral and ultimately it is very detrimental to my mental state. So I decided to take a step back and delete them [Instagram] App.”

Holland’s announcement comes a few months after the final film in his Spider-Man trilogy, No Way Home, hit theaters and revived the box office of the pandemic. He also headlined the 2022 action film Uncharted and will soon be starring in the AppleTV+ anthology series The Crowded Room.

Lately, the Marvel actor has kept a relatively low profile on Twitter and Instagram, mostly sharing sponsored content from his collaborations with luxury brands like Porsche and Prada.

After sharing his mental health journey with more than 67 million followers, Holland took a moment to “shed some light” on stem4, a charity that supports teens struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders or addiction live, provides resources for mental health. The organization offers four free apps that address various mental health issues.

“The first is called ‘Calm Harm’ and is designed to help manage and reduce intense emotions, such as the urge to harm yourself. The second is Clear Fear to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms. The third is Combine Minds, to help friends and family support a young person’s mental health, and … the fourth is Move Mood, to increase motivation and lift bad moods,” Holland continued.

“There’s a terrible stigma against mental health and I know we shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for and seek help, but it’s something much easier said than done. Hopefully these apps can be your first step towards being happier and healthier.”

The British artist also encouraged fans to support stem4 by purchasing merchandise from his family’s foundation, the Brothers Trust.

“All the money goes to all the charities we support,” Holland said. “Again, if you’re suffering and need help, download one of the apps… Thanks for listening. I will disappear from Instagram again. … I love you all and will speak to you soon.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-15/tom-holland-social-media-mental-health-instagram-video Actor Tom Holland takes mental-health break from social media

Sarah Ridley

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