A Suicide Prevention Incident Involving Use of the Computer

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  • Date read: 2023-06-08
  • Bibtex: @barnett1982
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As early as 1982, an online forum was used for suicide prevention through counselling in direct messages and referral to a local crisis center

Computers have been used to provide one-to-one suicide prevention counselling since 1982

My notes

  • In the early 80s there seems to have been quite a lot of discussion about whether computer interactions would replace real relationships
  • The platform described here is very similar to a forum with threads and DMs
  • The interaction was anonymous, he didn’t know the name of the suicidal individual