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Nord J Psychiatry. 2004;58(2):111-4.

Parasuicide online: Can suicide websites trigger suicidal behaviour in predisposed adolescents?

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Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannhein, Germany. kbecker@zi-mannheim.de

Abstract

The present case report describes a 17-year-old female who explicitly visited suicide web forums, where she researched reliable suicide methods, contacted an anonymous user and purchased substances for the implementation of suicide. The risk of Internet use by vulnerable youth is discussed. Psychiatric exploration should include questions of manner and frequency of media use. The application of media guidelines for suicide prevention is demanded for websites, as are accessible self-help sites for suicidal persons targeted to youthful users.

PMID:
15204216
DOI:
10.1080/08039480410005602
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