Researchers are interested in establishing the validity of social media as an indicator of health risk via Twitter and Blogs.
"The Internet offers unprecedented opportunities to recruit individuals to research trials (a major problem given the low base rate), and to disseminate interventions if these are found to be effective. Moreover, individuals at risk of suicide are proportionately more likely to be online compared to non-suicidal individuals and also most are unlikely to seek help."− Helen Christensen, Executive Director, Black Dog Institute
"Apps can provide the means to overcome several barriers to help seeking, including cost, poor access to mental health services, fears about anonymity and stigma (the ‘shame factor’)."− Dr Fiona Shand, Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute, UNSW