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Suicide prevenTion in sOcial Platforms in Spain

More people die by suicide than by car accidents: according to the most recent data available from the 2014 in Spain, the number of deaths by suicide doubles those caused by car accidents (3910 vs 1873). If we consider the European Region, we shall see that six countries are listed in the top 20 with the highest estimated suicide rates globally. Based on the current situation and the scarcity of initiatives regarding suicide, we hypothesize that “social media monitoring could help in suicide prevention and contribute to national suicide strategies”. Hence, the main goal of this proposal is to detect depressive tendencies which may lead to suicide to fill in the existing gap in monitoring and prevention on social networks in Spain.

Project funded by the Maria de Maetzu Program of the Spanish Government. 

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