How celebrity suicides change support-seeking practices on social media

There’s a widely adopted suicide support forum on Reddit called “SuicideWatch.” It features entries from people looking for support and guidance from experienced, trained moderators and anonymous social media users volunteering to extend help to those in need. New research from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that activity on this forum changes dramatically in the aftermath of celebrity suicides. Instead of reaching out to others for support against suicidal thoughts, Redditors show expressions that indicate increased and explicit suicidal tendencies. Content and participation in the days and weeks after a celebrity’s death are more likely to be angry and more anxious. —> Read More