Social Media use and Suicidality

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New APEAL research, published in Computers in Human Behaviorsuggests that different ways of using social media may be associated with mental health in different ways. The paper, authored by APEAL members Mila Kingsbury, Ian Colman, and Nathan Cantor, in conjunction with colleagues in Norway and New Zealand, finds that using social media privately to connect with friends is associated with reduced odds of suicidality and self-injurious behaviour, whereas using social media publicly (e.g., posting updates) is associated with increased odds of these outcomes. Well done, team!

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