Parasuicide online: Can suicide websites trigger suicidal behaviour in predisposed adolescents?

Nord J Psychiatry. 2004;58(2):111-4. doi: 10.1080/08039480410005602.


The present case report describes a 17-year-old female who explicitly visited suicide web forums, where she researched reliable suicide methods, contacted an anonymous user and purchased substances for the implementation of suicide. The risk of Internet use by vulnerable youth is discussed. Psychiatric exploration should include questions of manner and frequency of media use. The application of media guidelines for suicide prevention is demanded for websites, as are accessible self-help sites for suicidal persons targeted to youthful users.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Communication
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression / psychology
  • Depression / therapy
  • Female
  • Helping Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Poisons
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*


  • Poisons