Posts to Reddit forum “SuicideWatch” spike in the early hours of Monday morning

Posts to Reddit forum “SuicideWatch” spike in the early hours of Monday morning

New research study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has actually discovered that individuals on a social networks suicide assistance forum are probably to post to the website throughout the early hours of Monday morning.

The research study, which has actually been released in BMC Psychiatry, recommends that there is a clear variation in behaviour throughout the week and throughout the day. The scientists hope that this implies that targeted assistance to at threat populations can be made quicker offered to those most in require.

The scientists took a look at the timings at which users of the Reddit forum “SuicideWatch” published online. The forum is a moderated online neighborhood for people who are either at threat of, or understand somebody who is at threat of suicide.

The information, which was taken in between 1st December 2008 and 31st August 2015, amounted to 90,518 posts. Over the course of a provided week, posts to the forum were at their greatest on Mondays in between 02:00 and 05:00 in the morning. Posts trended downwards from Tuesday to Saturday. This was in plain contrast to information drawn from the control group “AskReddit”, a different forum on the exact same website in which users can ask basic concerns of each other, which saw most content published in the later on hours of the day.

Dr Rina Dutta, the research study’s Primary Investigator from King’s IoPPN stated “Monday has often been identified as the day of the week which has the highest risk of someone taking their own life. From the data that we’ve studied, we can see a clear trend over weekly cycles that closely follows the suicide timing patterns reported in some earlier studies.”

The timings of the posts recommend that active users are experiencing disruptions to their sleep, and might represent a possibly flexible threat element for self-destructive ideas and behaviours.

Dr Dutta stated, “Extensive use of social media has been associated with disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Reducing the use of social media during the night hours might be an effective means of providing targeted psychological interventions in some individuals.”

The scientists think that utilizing this information can be utilized to target at threat populations with higher levels of assistance.

“Given that we have a clear indication as to when at risk people are posting to this forum, it is challenging but certainly not implausible to envisage providing higher levels of moderation on Reddit during times of increased posting about suicidality. If developed in the right way, we might have the capacity to target otherwise unreachable populations to deliver suicide prevention messaging and interventions where and when they are needed most.”


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About King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the leading 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and amongst the earliest in England. King’s has more than 31,000 trainees (consisting of more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 nations worldwide, and some 8,500 personnel.

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) which is the leading centre for psychological health and associated neurosciences research study in Europe. It produces more extremely mentioned outputs (top 1% citations) on psychological health than any other centre (SciVal 2019) and on this metric we have actually increased from 16th (2014) to 4th (2019) in the world for extremely mentioned neuroscience outputs. World-leading research study from the IoPPN has actually made, and continues to make, an effect on how we comprehend, avoid and deal with mental disorder and other conditions that impact the brain. @KingsIoPPN


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