Maurizio Pompili(1,2), David Lester(3), Marco Innamorati(4), Alberto Forte(1), Giulia Iacorossi(1), Giovanni Dominici(1), Laura Sapienza(1), Roberto Tatarelli(1)
(1)Sant’Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; (2)McLean Hospital – Harvard Medical School, USA; (3)The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, USA; (4)Università Europea di Roma, Italy
Internet and Suicide. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, 452 pages.
Internet usage has grown exponentially in the last decade and seeking health information has become one of the most common reasons for using the Internet. There are resources on the Internet for those contemplating suicide and who are seeking help either for themselves or for loved ones. The aim of the present paper is to address Internet usage related to suicide and suicide prevention. The present article will also discuss some of the issues (advantages and drawbacks) of counseling suicidal individuals using these methods. In general, the Internet is unregulated, and there is no guarantee about the quality and safety of information provided from web sites and search engines page-ranks.