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Crisis. 1997;18(2):73-9.

Cybersuicide: the role of interactive suicide notes on the Internet.

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Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

As we approach the new millennium a new dimension in interactive communications has arrived. The internet is one such medium, and while it remains a relatively new form of information sharing, it has not escaped the attention of vulnerable young people. This paper discusses the internet resources on suicide and the issue of interactive suicide notes. Case examples of interactive notes followed by suicide fatalities are used to illustrate the potential influence of the internet on those who wish to share their suicidal ideation with others. Issues to do with modeling, ambivalence, group death wishes, research, and ethics are discussed. Finally, some recommendations are made for further studies.

PMID:
9286130
DOI:
10.1027/0227-5910.18.2.73
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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