Globally, over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 years. The misuse of technology can play a negative role in suicide and self-harm, leading to increased anxiety, loss of self-esteem and cyberbullying.
But it is important to acknowledge that suicides are preventable. Governments and health organisations need to be more proactive in their suicide prevention approaches. We know that e-Health and digital interventions can reach more people with fewer resources than face-to-face care, so can technology be leveraged for suicide prevention?