Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home Star Tom Holland is no stranger to taking breaks from social media, having walked away from Instagram in the past. The Marvel actor has now announced yet again on Instagram that he is retiring from social media, deleting the Twitter and Instagram apps from his phone, citing his mental health as the main reason. “I find Instagram and Twitter overwhelming, overwhelming,” Holland said in an online video. “I get trapped and spiral when I read things about myself online and ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state.”
Holland spent most of the video talking about a number of helpful apps from the charity stem4, a collective he works with through his organization The Brothers Trust. He spoke specifically about the four different apps stem4 offers and how his group is helping to support them, directing fans to both the stem4 website and The Brothers Trust, which he runs with his three younger brothers. Below is a full transcript of Holland’s statement and the video itself.
“Hey guys, I’ve been trying to pull this off for an hour now and for someone who’s spent the last 13, 14 years doing it however long I’ve been acting I can’t seem to say what I need to say without all five Minutes “umm” and “on”. So I will try again. So I took a break from social media for my mental health because I find Instagram and Twitter over-stimulating, overwhelming. I’ve caught up on understanding and brooding when I read things about myself online and ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state. So I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”
“On this very, very brief return to Instagram, I thought it would be very important and a good idea to shed some light on a charity that we sponsor, which is stem4. Stem4 is a wonderfully innovative educational program. His groundbreaking apps, clinically recommended website, and her mental health conferences helped help young children who are suffering.”
“There are four apps they offer. They are all completely free. The first is to calm harm and help manage and reduce intense emotions like the urge to hurt yourself. The second is Clear Fear to help manage the damage and reduce anxiety symptoms. Third is Combined Minds to help friends and family support a young person’s mental health and fourth is Move Mood to increase motivation and ease bad moods.”
“The Brothers Trust support this charity because we think it’s a fantastic cause. 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 that’s far easier said than done. Hopefully these apps can be your first step towards being happier and healthier.”
“So thanks for listening, but something that’s also very important is that these charities need help too. The Brothers Trust is a fundraising vehicle to raise money so these charities can continue to do the fantastic work they are doing. So if you feel like helping us, helping them and in turn helping others, visit our website, buy yourself a t-shirt, all money goes to all the charities we support. We really appreciate your love and support. If you are suffering and need help, download one of the apps stem4 offers. I have them all, I’ve tried them all, they’re all fantastic. You are really helpful. So thanks again for listening. I will disappear from Instagram again. And thank you to everyone out there for your love and support. I love you all and will speak to you soon.”
Holland is next in the Apple TV+ series The crowded roomcurrently being filmed in New York.