Emotional first aid for a suicide crisis: comparison between Telephonic hotline and internet

Psychiatry. 2007 Spring;70(1):12-8. doi: 10.1521/psyc.2007.70.1.12.


The telephone and the internet have become popular sources of psychological help in various types of distress, including a suicide crisis. To gain more insight into the unique features of these media, we compared characteristics of calls to three technologically mediated sources of help that are part of the volunteer-based Israeli Association for Emotional First Aid (ERAN): Telephonic hotline (n = 4426), personal chat (n = 373) and an asynchronous online support group (n = 954). Threats of suicide were much more frequent among participants in the asynchronous support group than the telephone and personal chat. These findings encourage further research into suicide-related interpersonal exchanges in asynchronous online support groups.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Crisis Intervention / methods*
  • Female
  • Hotlines*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Social Support*
  • Suicide, Attempted / prevention & control*
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data*