Stepping back from crisis points: the provision and acknowledgment of support in an online suicide discussion forum

Wiggins, S., McQuade, R. and Rasmussen, S. (2016) Stepping back from crisis points: the provision and acknowledgment of support in an online suicide discussion forum. Qualitative Health Research, 26(9), pp. 1240-1251. (doi: 10.1177/1049732316633130)

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Abstract

Suicide is a global health concern, though little is known about the social practices that might support those who are contemplating suicide. Online forums provide a unique insight into the anonymous discussion of suicide, including sociocultural norms about suicide and the delicate management of online interaction. In this article, we examine the provision and acknowledgment of support in an online discussion forum about suicide, using discursive psychology to analyze the textual interaction. The analysis illustrates how forum threads function as case studies and enable members to gain support on numerous occasions. In this way, members can gain help at crisis points as and when these occur, while still maintaining authenticity as a valid forum member. The analysis also provides additional evidence for models of suicide which highlight the fluid nature of suicidality and contributes to the preventative work on suicide by demonstrating how support can be provided at crisis points.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mcquade, Mr Robert
Authors: Wiggins, S., McQuade, R., and Rasmussen, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Qualitative Health Research
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1049-7323
ISSN (Online):1552-7557
Published Online:01 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Qualitative Health Research 26(9): 1240-1251
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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