Tom Holland Explains His Social Media Break: "I Get Caught Up and I Spiral"
Tom Holland made a brief return to social media on Saturday to share with his fans why he hasn't been posting lately. The "Spider-Man: No Way Home" actor revealed that he's been on a mental-health break — and he anticipates it's one that will continue for some time. In a three-minute video posted on Instagram, Holland revealed he finds "Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming."
"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."
Holland's brief return wasn't just about talking about how social media has impacted his mental health. The actor's primary goal for posting his Instagram video was to help others who might be struggling as well. "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," he captioned the video. "Stem4 is one of the many charities @thebrotherstrust is extremely proud to support — and I'd like to take a moment to shine a light on their fantastic work."
Stem4 is a teenage mental-health charity with four apps designed to help ease feelings of anxiety, depression, and the urge to self harm. Holland said he has all four of the free apps on his phone and encouraged anyone who is struggling to try them out. "I have all of them," he said. "I've tried them all, they're all fantastic. They're really helpful."
Holland ended his video by reiterating that he's keeping his social media hiatus in place. "So again, thank you for listening. I'm going to disappear from Instagram again," he said. "And to everyone out there, thanks for your love and support. I love you all, and I'll speak to you soon."
In addition to sharing his own mental-health journey and advocating for others, Holland is also passionate about mental-health representation on screen. Per The Hollywood Reporter, his next project is a 10-episode Apple TV+ anthology series called "The Crowded Room," which follows the true stories of people who have struggled but learned to live with their mental illness.
Ultimately, Holland's goal in supporting Stem4 and sharing his own story is to help destigmatize the discussion around mental health. "Love to you all, and let's get talking about mental health," the actor concluded his caption.