Exploration of Benefits and Potential Harmful Effects of an Online Forum for Visitors to the Suicide Prevention Platform in The Netherlands.
Jan K Mokkenstorm, Saskia YM Mérelle, Jan H Smit, Aartjan TF Beekman, Ad JFM Kerkhof, Annemiek Huisman, Renske Gilissen
Crisis | Published : 2020
Background: Online forums that enable peer-to-peer interaction are widespread and readily available. Aim: This study aimed to identify the reach, benefits, and potential harmful effects for visitors to an online forum embedded in a suicide prevention platform in The Netherlands. Method: The study collected web-based questionnaires from online forum users and moderated posts. Descriptive quantitative and qualitative analyses were performed. Results: The online forum had 330 members in 2017, of whom 130 were active users (posting at least one message). Respondents (n = 106) experienced from a high severity of suicidal ideation (78%). A minority (12%) visited the forum to find suicide methods a..View full abstract