[Air-l] Japanese suicide reference

Jerald Block jblock at aracnet.com
Wed Jan 17 19:38:55 PST 2007

Regarding Japanese suicide attempts and computers...two references that may 

Alao AO, et. al. Cybersuicide: Review On the Role of the Internet on 
Suicide.Cyberpsych Behav. 2006:9;489-493.  General review, not specific to 

Hikikomori - a Japanese mental illness that often leads to suicide attempts 
and is related to computer use.  Tamaki Saito is the Japanese expert on 

If you want help, I'd be glad to lend a hand.

Jerald Block, MD
Board-certified Psychiatrist
jblock at aracnet.com


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Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 15:31:09 -0800 (PST)
From: Christopher Helland <c_hella at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Air-l] Information about online suicide pacts
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I'm wondering if anyone knows of any studies or ongoing research concerning 
online suicide pacts in Japan.  The suicide rate in
Japan is almost 20 times higher than their murder rate (one of the highest 
in the world)--and there appears to be "a frightening
increase in the number of group suicides arranged over
the Internet through chat rooms dedicated to discussing suicide."

Any help researching this topic would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Chris Helland

Christopher Helland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology of Religion
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue, Rm. 1128
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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