While social media and other new forms of communication have been proven to negatively affect user's mental stability, technology has also taken an important role in aiding suicide prevention. As examples, the Crisis Text Line and online support groups have helped millions of people around the country and world.
Using data available through technologies today, Dr. John Pestian has based his recent research on the use of "thought markers" in suicide prevention. Based on this research, he and his colleagues are currently testing an app that determines if the language a teen uses is similar to that of someone at risk for suicide.
The richness of data available today is paving the way toward a deeper understanding of suicide. And this deeper understanding can only help in suicide prevention efforts.