Telecommunications and suicide prevention: Hopes and challenges for the new century

Karolina E. Krysinska, Diego De Leo

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Development of information technology has created new opportunities and challenges in suicide prevention, research, and clinical practice. This article presents an overview of the wide range of telecommunication-based suicide prevention approaches. Interventions using the Internet, telephone, and videoconferencing are discussed, including crisis intervention, referral, and support, suicide risk assessinent, psychotherapy for individuals at risk, and online-based suicide prevention training and education. Research regarding effectiveness of telecommunication-based suicide prevention in various demographic and clinical populations is reviewed, as well as concerns regarding this type of intervention. Future areas of research and development in the use of telecommunication media in prevention of suicide are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-253
Number of pages17
JournalOMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

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