Journal article

The #chatsafe project. Developing guidelines to help young people communicate safely about suicide on social media: A Delphi study

Jo Robinson, Nicole TM Hill, Pinar Thorn, Rikki Battersby, Zoe Teh, Nicola J Reavley, Jane Pirkis, Michelle Lamblin, Simon Rice, Jaelea Skehan



INTRODUCTION: Many countries have developed guidelines advocating for responsible reporting of suicidal behaviour in traditional media. However, the increasing popularity of social media, particularly among young people, means that complementary guidelines designed to facilitate safe peer-peer communication are required. The aim of this study was to develop a set of evidence informed guidelines to assist young people to communicate about suicide via social media with the input of young people as active participants of the study. METHODS: Systematic searches of the peer-reviewed and grey literature were conducted resulting in a 284-item questionnaire identifying strategies for safe communicat..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Australian Government under the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program. JR is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (ID1142348). NR is supported by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Career Development Fellowship (GNT1083394). NH is supported by an Australian Rotary Health PhD scholarship. SR is supported by the Mary Elizabeth Watson Early Career Fellowship in Allied Health from Melbourne Health. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.