Does the volume of Internet searches using suicide-related search terms influence the suicide death rate: Data from 2004 to 2009 in Japan
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2011
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Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 65, Issue 4, pages 392–394, June 2011
How to Cite
Sueki, H. (2011), Does the volume of Internet searches using suicide-related search terms influence the suicide death rate: Data from 2004 to 2009 in Japan. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 65: 392–394. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2011.02216.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2011
- Received 28 August 2010; revised 15 February 2011; accepted 9 March 2011.
- search engine;
- suicidal ideation;
- World Wide Web
Cross-correlation was examined for the volume of suicide-related Internet searches and suicide death rate. Analysis of Google data and figures released by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare indicated that the volume of searches using the search terms jisatsu (suicide) and jisatsu houhou (suicide method) are not correlated with the suicide death rate. In addition, a rising suicide death rate might be related to the increase in suicide-related search activity (particularly utsu[depression]), but an increase in suicide-related search activity itself is not directly linked to the rise of suicide death rate.