“I just might kill myself”: Suicide expressions on Twitter

Kamesha Spates, Xinyue Ye, Ashley Johnson

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In order to examine how Twitter can be a significant indicator of how suicidal thoughts occur and spread, we used content analysis to analyze 4524 Twitter messages. Although expressions of “wanting to die” occurred frequently, most of the tweets appeared to be non-threatening. In addition, discussions about suicide on Twitter mostly involved sharing suicide prevention resources with fellow users. This finding suggests that Twitter could offer an efficient way to circulate suicide awareness materials across geographical bounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 3 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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