Suicidal and online: How do online behaviors inform us of this high-risk population?

Keith M. Harris, John P. McLean, Jeanie Sheffield

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To assist suicide prevention we need a better understanding of how suicidal individuals act in their environment, and the online world offers an ideal opportunity to examine daily behaviors. This anonymous survey (N = 1,016) provides first-of-its-kind empirical evidence demonstrating suicide-risk people (n = 290) are unique in their online behaviors. Suicidal users reported more time online, greater likelihood of developing online personal relationships, and greater use of online forums. In addition, suicide-risk women reported more time browsing/surfing and social networking. The authors conclude that suicide prevention efforts should respond to suicide-risk users' greater demands for online interpersonal communications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-394
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number6
Early online date18 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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