Social media and suicide: a public health perspective.
There is increasing evidence that the Internet and social media can influence suicide-related behavior. Important questions are whether this influence poses a significant risk to the public and how public health approaches might be used to address the issue. To address these questions, we provide an overview of ways that social media can influence suicidal behavior, both negatively and positively, and we evaluate the evidence of the risk. We also discuss the legal complexities of this important topic and propose future directions for research and prevention programs based on a public health perspective.
National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98431, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceAmerican journal of public health 102 Suppl 2: 2012 May pg S195-200
Impulse Control Disorders
Pub Type(s)Journal Article