Concerned comments from Gabi Hanna’s followers began pouring in on Wednesday.
By that time, Hannah, a social media creator who has over 12.8 million followers across YouTube and TikTok, had already posted over 100 erratic videos on her TikTok, including many comments that some of her followers described as racist. and transphobia. She has also uploaded videos of her letting a seemingly stranger into her Southern California home. He eventually left after posting TikToks from inside her house. Since then, it appears that Hanna has allowed other unknown people to enter her home, and she documented this on the platform.
The videos, described by many as disturbing, have sparked discussion about the responsibilities that viewers and social media platforms have when they watch someone, especially a public figure, who appears to be experiencing a mental health crisis live online. Hanna’s posts on TikTok, which included long and uncharacteristic monologues about religion and claiming that she is herself a god, They also highlighted the app’s ability to launch any person or situation to the top of internet consciousness, regardless of the consequences.
Some on social media urged the platform to step in, as Hannah continued to post videos at a rapid pace. Her name went viral on Twitter on Wednesday. Her videos on TikTok, which many said were pushed to their “For You” pages, garnered millions of views.
“[TikTok] When are you going to stop letting Gabi Hannah mail? How far does this have to go before you get involved? ” Wrote One Twitter user.
TikTok declined to comment.
Hanna’s followers, many of whom indicated there wasn’t enough action from TikTok itself, took matters into their own hands. A few of them wrote in comments that they called the police to urge them to go to Hanna’s house. Several people also named Hanna’s relatives in comments to alert them to the situation. Some claimed that they came to her home to check on her by themselves.
These efforts to help Hanna, even if they are in good faith, are not necessarily the best approach for such a situation, according to some mental health professionals. The overwhelming response to Hanna’s TikToks showed that social relationships – one-sided emotional investments in public figures – can blur appropriate boundaries online.
“People reach out to her virtually and try to support her [Hanna]“This is a more appropriate response, especially if you are a fan rather than a doctor,” said Judith Joseph, a board-certified psychiatrist who provides educational content about mental health on TikTok.
Taking this “step forward,” Joseph said, is “inappropriate,” “because it sends the message that people with mental illness need to be told what to do, they can’t make their own decisions and need to be rescued. And often, this isn’t.” is the case.”
Shani Tran, a licensed professional clinical counselor known on TikTok for the name of this delicious project, said police are not necessarily equipped to respond effectively to mental health crises. Calling the police may also put a person in crisis at risk. According to Washington Post database Fatal shootings in the United States by on-duty police officers.
“We grew up as a community that believed the best way to help someone was to call the cops,” Tran said. “And frankly, this is not always the best way, because the first thing is that cops are not trained to be able to deal with mental health crisis situations. And a lot of times, it can be painful for a person when the cops show up.”
On Thursday, Hanna posted on TikTok that she “was handcuffed and detained by 5 arrested officers.” [her] a house.”
“Almost all the officers asked me over and over again, ‘Do…the reason we’re here is that we just have to make sure you don’t want to hurt anyone or yourself. “I just laugh and say, ‘No, I don’t want to hurt anyone,'” Hanna said in another video posted on Thursday afternoon. She wrote in the video that she underwent a psychiatric evaluation but was not taken for treatment.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said he could not reveal specific names or addresses, but confirmed that officers conducted a welfare check at about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the same building as Hana’s residence in the Los Angeles area. An LAPD spokesman was unable to confirm whether a second Social Care check had taken place that day.
An LAPD spokesperson said officers “made contact” with and interviewed the subject of a welfare screening, but “did not meet the requirements” to be placed in involuntary psychiatric custody.
In California, people can be forcibly detained In a hospital or mental health facility for 72 hours if they pose a danger to themselves or others, or if they have a disability that prevents them from providing food, clothing, or shelter.
‘She needs help now, not sarcasm’
As fans rallied to help Hanna, other creators joined the chorus of those who raised their concerns, urging their followers not to make fun of her.
Hannah first became famous as a comedian on Vine in 2014. Throughout her career, she has managed to weather the controversy, but starting in 2019, her online personality has transformed into Ongoing conflictsIncluding with her ex-boyfriend on YouTube.
Some creators said they feared for Hannah’s well-being, adding that the creator community has seen its members’ mental health bouts end fatally. In 2019, Desmond Amoveh, 29, a Twitch user and YouTuber who went by the name Etika, died by suicide. Prior to his death, Amova’s on and offline behavior was described as erratic, and some in the creator community seem to be pushing him for rants and extreme behaviours.
“Please keep that in mind when talking about it online now,” chirp YouTuber Ethan Klein. “We’ve lost YouTubers like this before, and everyone never said it again. So be kind please, she needs help now, not sarcasm.”
Creator and singer Peach PRC, who has been vocal about her own experience with psychosis and borderline personality disorder, commented on her concerns on one of Hanna’s videos.
… You can follow someone, you can take care of that person, and you feel it [you] Find out what’s best, but honestly we don’t always know what’s best.
– Shani Tran, Licensed Professional Clinical Consultant
“I’m worried the system is letting me down, Gabe, I know the comments don’t resonate with you right now but please be kind to yourself,” Peach PRC said.
Creator Paris Campbell called for “preventive measures to be put in place to verify these people and possibly mute their accounts temporarily so they don’t spread like wildfire.”
she said in Tik Tok video.
On its security page, TikTok says, “[If] Our intervention can help a TikTok community member who may be at risk of harming themselves, and the TikTok team may also alert local emergency services. The platform is also working with emotional health experts to improve its resources, according to the safety page.
TikTok has taken steps to limit the promotion of content likely to run on users’ pages “for you”. In a July update, TikTok announced that viewers are likely to watch less content on topics like diet, extreme fitness, sadness, and “other health-related topics” that may be “as good as one video, but potentially a problem if watched over and over again.” .” After banning ‘success coach’ Andrew Tate for violations of its Community Guidelines, TikTok said it will flag certain content so it won’t be recommended to users as they browse their For You pages.
Engagement for Hanna’s videos continues to rise. As of Friday morning, all but one of the last 30 videos posted to her page had over 1 million views. You have posted more than 200 videos in the past 3 days. It is unclear if some of the videos have been deleted.
In her recent videos, Hannah, who was previously vocal about her diagnosis of ADHD and talked about her experience with anxiety and depression, expressed that she doesn’t need help.
Hanna did not respond to an email request for comment. Jet Prescott, founder and CEO of Hanna’s management company, PennyFly Entertainment, said he and his wife “do not feel that any statement on this matter is appropriate at this time.” Viewers were asked to respect the privacy of Hanna and her family.
In the end, Tran cautioned viewers not to assume that they are part of the creator’s immediate support network. Tran said that interfering or “trick” people in crisis into getting treatment is not helpful even in personal relationships, let alone communication between strangers.
“Social media has a way of making people feel like they know who’s behind the camera, when it’s the person behind the camera who gets to choose what they want to see,” Tran said. “And you can follow someone, you can take care of them, and you feel it [you] Find out what’s best, but honestly we don’t always know what’s best.”
If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also connect to the network, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255or text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources For additional resources.