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Letters to the Editor

Talking About the Internet

Geoffrey B. Neimark, MD

Published: November 30, 2008

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Sir: The article "Googling Suicide: Surfing for SuicideInformation on the Internet" by Recupero et al.1 demonstratesthat while most suicide-related Internet "hits" are either suicide-neutralor anti-suicide, the Internet allows individuals to easilyaccess not only Web sites that furnish detailed instructions onmaximizing self-harm but also sites that provide forums forencouragement and support in furtherance of such acts. Thesefindings lead the authors to conclude that "mental health professionalsshould ask patients about their Internet use."

I would agree that clinicians should talk to patients abouttheir lives.’ ‹’ ‹

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