ERIC Number: EJ879989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Helper Therapy in an Online Suicide Prevention Community
Greidanus, Elaine; Everall, Robin D.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v38 n2 p191-204 May 2010
Individuals who feel comfortable using Internet-based communication often seek help online when they are feeling distressed. This study examines an online community formed to provide support for distressed adolescents. Content analysis revealed themes in a series of online postings from youth who were experiencing suicidal thoughts. Youth help-seekers wrote about their purposes for seeking help. Trained crisis-intervention moderators provided social support and referrals to offline services. Over time, help-seekers began to provide support for other help-seekers, developing a community characterised by reciprocal help-seeking and help-providing. Adolescents in this study experienced the online community as an anonymous place to express their reasons for seeking help, receive support and engage in helping to support others.
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Prevention, Suicide, Adolescents, Content Analysis, Internet, Help Seeking, Emotional Disturbances, Crisis Intervention, Referral, Health Services, Mental Health
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