Examining Reply Bias and Effectiveness of Online Community for Suicide Prevention: A Case Study of /r/SuicideWatch

  • Hsiao-Ying HuangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11579)


Online community has become a new approach for suicide prevention with the rise of the Internet technology for the past decade. However, due to the various and dynamic ecosystem of online community, its effects on suicide prevention remain unknown. We selected SuicideWatch, a forum on reddit as our research context and investigated users’ response bias and the effects of online response to suicide posters by linguistic analysis. Our findings indicate two important phenomena: (1) users’ responses could be biased by linguistic cues in title and (2) online response has positive effects on suicide posters. We believe the findings and approach proposed in this study can offer insights for suicide prevention.


Mental health Social media Computational linguistics 


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  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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