Social media platforms as a tool to communicate suicidality for rural youth

Ann-Maree Fardell Hartley, Judith Crockett, Shaun Wang

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review


Introduction: Suicide is the number one cause of death for young people aged 15-24 in Australia. Part of preventing
imminent youth suicide is the response to a disclosure and meeting the needs of the person in real time, which includes
on social media. Social media increases communication opportunities and reduces some of the barriers that marginalised
young people may experience, however, little is known about how suicidality translates into online warning signs. One of
the major difficulties in communicating about suicidal phenomenon with community is there is not a common language.
The objectives of the research are: to understand the styles of communication and reasoning which rural NSW young
people experiencing suicidality use when accessing social media platforms, and to identify warning signs and markers that
flag risk is imminent.


SeminarWestern NSW Health Research Network 2021 Research Symposia
Abbreviated titleWe are one, but we are so very many: exploring strength in rural diversity
OtherThe WHRN 2021 Research Symposia ran as a series of webinars on the following dates: Oct 26, Nov 10, Nov 25 and Dec 7.

The Western NSW Health Research Network (WHRN) either annual Research Symposia concludes on December 7 with an exciting awards ceremony announcing the Western NSW Researcher of the Year Awards researchers and the Research Symposia award winners.
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Social media platforms as a tool to communicate suicidality for rural youth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this