What is it about?

The internet and social media are places where people can talk about their suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours without fear or shame. We know people are turning to online spaces for support. What is unclear is what research has been conducted regarding talking about suicide online and what has this research found.

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Why is it important?

Not knowing what research has been conducted and what has been found it makes it more difficult for online suicide prevention and intervention practices, policies, and our understanding of suicide to advance and make a real difference to saving lives. Without evidence, many of these practices, policies and understandings are unlikely to make the difference in preventing deaths by suicide or decreasing suicide risk.


This is the protocol for the scoping review that is underway. What we hope is that by focusing on online suicide talk and what research has been, we can demystify many of the negative assumptions associated with going online for suicide related reasons. We think online spaces can be really helpful for people in a heightened state of suicidal desire. We think they can be safe places, where safety comes from talking about suicide with similar others. Understanding the lived experience of suicide can't be done without understanding how those with lived experience talk about their own suicidality.

Andrea Lamont-Mills
University of Southern Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Online suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours talk: A scoping review protocol, PLoS ONE, October 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0276776.
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