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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 10, 803 - 807

Case report

Cyber-suicide: the role of the internet in suicidal behaviour. A case study

N. D'Hulster, C. van Heeringen

summary The article describes two cases of attempted suicide which were prepared and carried out with the help of information on the internet. It appears therefore that the internet can lower the threshold for and increase the risk of suicidal behaviour. The internet can provide the necessary information and at the same time trigger imitation and interaction. In addition, however, the internet can play a positive role by helping to prevent suicide.

keywords internet, prevention, suicide