New research illuminates how some men and boys who are contemplating suicide are finding emotional support in an unexpected place: Reddit.
The website includes several topic-specific subreddit discussion forums, one of which is SuicideWatch.
The regulated space allows people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts to post anonymously about what they are going through and receive emotional support from other users.
As of this month, SuicideWatch has more than 96,000 subscribers.
University of Arizona sociology doctoral student Darla Still has been analyzing the content of anonymous posts made to SuicideWatch to learn more about what individuals go through when contemplating suicide and how they express those thoughts and feelings to others.
Although Reddit does not identify users by gender, Still focused on a subset of posts in which gender was implied by the posts' content.