Online suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours talk: A scoping review protocol

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Lamont-Mills, Andrea, Bayliss, Luke T. and Christensen, Steven A.. 2022. "Online suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours talk: A scoping review protocol." PLoS One. 17 (10), p. e0276776. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276776
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Online suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours talk: A scoping review protocol

ERA Journal ID39745
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLamont-Mills, Andrea (Author), Bayliss, Luke T. (Author) and Christensen, Steven A. (Author)
Journal TitlePLoS One
Journal Citation17 (10), p. e0276776
Article Numbere0276776
Number of Pages17
Year2022
PublisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1932-6203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276776
Web Address (URL)https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0276776
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The anonymity that the internet and social media affords users means that suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours can be talked about with a sense of freedom and disinhibition that is often not possible in face-to-face contexts. Better understanding online suicidal thoughts and/or behaviour talk is critical as more people turn to online spaces for support. Without this the potentiality of such spaces as sites for suicide prevention and intervention is likely to remain unrealised. Currently there are no scoping or systematic review syntheses focusing on internet and/or on social media suicidal thoughts and/or behaviour talk. This lack of synthesis is problematic as it makes it more difficult for online suicide prevention and intervention practices, policies, and our understanding of suicide to advance in a coherent and evidence-based manner. A scoping review protocol following Arksey and O’Malley’s six-step modified framework has been developed to address this synthesis gap. It aims to systematically map the empirical literature that has investigated online suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours talk. It is anticipated that review outcomes could inform the training of health practitioners and peer/professional online moderators in how to best talk with people experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours. Outcomes could also form an evidence-base for developing policies and practices that focus on online places as safe spaces to talk about suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours. Developers of safe language guidelines could also use the outcomes to audit how well current guidelines reflect empirical evidence. Outcomes could enable researchers to design future online suicidal thoughts and/behaviours talk studies that extend our understandings of suicide leading to potential refinements of contemporary suicide theories/models.

Keywordssuicide, online, scoping review, suicidality, internet, social media, safety
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
520303. Counselling psychology
520302. Clinical psychology
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Wellbeing
School of Psychology and Counselling
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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