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Social Media Will Study Emotional Distress | HealthWorks Collective

by Michael Sherman,

Every day, we share so much data about our lives on Facebook and other social networks. It shouldn’t be a surprise to consider that people who suffer from emotional distress might also use the networks to leave clues about their situations and even hint about being suicidal.

Because this type of information is readily at hand, Facebook has joined forces with, a nonprofit devoted to suicide prevention, to study the activity of users on Facebook who committed suicide. By finding behavioral patterns connected to suicidal thinking, the research may help prompt family and friends in intervening before it becomes too late.

Of course, nothing can substitute for an actual conversation with someone who is troubled. But social media can now assist in educating people about the warning signs of emotional distress, and make friends and family more vigilant and perhaps more likely to intervene.

Facebook and social media is changing healthcare in more ways than one might imagine.

via Social Media Will Study Emotional Distress | HealthWorks Collective.


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This entry was posted on February 15, 2013 by in Depression, Health, Social Media, Suicide and tagged , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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