Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Internet and Suicide. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, 452 pages.
The goal of this chapter is to encourage the delivery of safe and effective information about suicide prevention. The current quality of information being provided online is reviewed, along with a discussion of the existing literature on how internet users access and use online information and the potentially harmful effects of misinformation. Warning signs and risk factors are then distinguished and the current expert consensus on elements of an effective public message for online suicide prevention information is outlined. The chapter will conclude with case examples of innovative online efforts to spread awareness about early recognition and response to warning signs for suicide.