Spider-Man’s Tom Holland opens up on mental health

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has opened up about his own mental health and explained his social media absence in a moving Instagram post.

The actor made a brief return to the site to post a 3-minute video which explained why he has taken a break from social media.

“I’ve taken a break from social media for my mental health, because I find Instagram and Twitter to be over-stimulating, to be overwhelming,” explained Holland.

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“I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online,” he said. “And ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state, so I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”

One of the reasons Holland made the fleeting return to Instagram was to shine a light on a charity, Stem4, which he supports through his organisation The Brothers Trust, and share ways in which the collaboration can help young people affected by mental health issues. He notes that the charity’s work has helped him during his break from social media platforms and hopes that fans can benefit too.

The Brothers Trust is an organisation set up by Holland’s parents and headed by the star and, according to their website, its aim is: “To shine a light on charities where your generous donations can be used to maximum effect.”

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Along with the video, Holland posted a caption which echoed the sentiments that he would once again be tuning out of social media for the foreseeable future.

“Hello and goodbye… I have been taking a break from social media for my mental health, but felt compelled to come on here to talk about @stem4org. Love to you all, and let’s get talking about mental health.”

If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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