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Social media and suicide: a public health perspective.

Abstract

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.

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  • Authors

    Luxton DD, June JD, Fairall JM

    Source

    American journal of public health 102 Suppl 2: 2012 May pg S195-200

    MeSH

    Adult
    Crisis Intervention
    Health Promotion
    Humans
    Impulse Control Disorders
    Internet
    Mass Media
    Peer Group
    Problem Solving
    Public Health
    Risk Factors
    Suicidal Ideation
    Suicide, Attempted
    United States

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22401525