Talking About the Internet

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Sir: The article “Googling Suicide: Surfing for Suicide Information on the Internet” by Recupero et al.1 demonstrates that while most suicide-related Internet “hits” are either suicide-neutral or anti-suicide, the Internet allows individuals to easily access not only Web sites that furnish detailed instructions on maximizing self-harm but also sites that provide forums for encouragement and support in furtherance of such acts. These findings lead the authors to conclude that “mental health professionals should ask patients about their Internet use.”

I would agree that clinicians should talk to patients about their lives.​​

J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(11):1831