Young, Male and Feeling Suicidal in Ireland: Is Help or Harm Just One Click Away?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/596695
Title:
Young, Male and Feeling Suicidal in Ireland: Is Help or Harm Just One Click Away?
Authors:
Gilhooley, J; Bolger, M; Charles, A; Cleary, E; Lane, A; Malone, K
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/596695
Abstract:
Reports suggest an association between internet use and the elevated risk of suicide and self harm. 1 This study examined the resources a suicidal person might find when searching the internet ’front page’ for help. Voluntary suicide help websites accounted for 7/12 front page hits. The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), a blog and a newspaper article made up the remainder. Sites were difficult to navigate and highly variable in content. Phone credit was required in many cases in order to contact helplines; opening hours and locations were limited. Most statutory websites referred help-seekers to the voluntary sector, mainly the Samaritans. Information on fundraising and volunteering competed with other sources of help. Of concern, the front page also included links to methods to complete suicide. Irish professional medical bodies offered very limited advice. Our findings suggest that online information is variable and potentially harmful. There is an opportunity for all agencies and providers to generate a co-ordinated internet front page tailored for at-risk groups
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
MEN'S HEALTH; SUICIDE; SELF HARM; MENTAL HEALTH

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGilhooley, Jen
dc.contributor.authorBolger, Men
dc.contributor.authorCharles, Aen
dc.contributor.authorCleary, Een
dc.contributor.authorLane, Aen
dc.contributor.authorMalone, Ken
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-18T16:27:23Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-18T16:27:23Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/596695en
dc.description.abstractReports suggest an association between internet use and the elevated risk of suicide and self harm. 1 This study examined the resources a suicidal person might find when searching the internet ’front page’ for help. Voluntary suicide help websites accounted for 7/12 front page hits. The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), a blog and a newspaper article made up the remainder. Sites were difficult to navigate and highly variable in content. Phone credit was required in many cases in order to contact helplines; opening hours and locations were limited. Most statutory websites referred help-seekers to the voluntary sector, mainly the Samaritans. Information on fundraising and volunteering competed with other sources of help. Of concern, the front page also included links to methods to complete suicide. Irish professional medical bodies offered very limited advice. Our findings suggest that online information is variable and potentially harmful. There is an opportunity for all agencies and providers to generate a co-ordinated internet front page tailored for at-risk groupsen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectMEN'S HEALTHen
dc.subjectSUICIDEen
dc.subjectSELF HARMen
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen
dc.titleYoung, Male and Feeling Suicidal in Ireland: Is Help or Harm Just One Click Away?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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