A Thematic Analysis of Preferences of Young People using Online Support to Discuss Suicide

Sally Evans

Abstract


Young people (mainly 15-17 years) using an online counselling, support and advice website were asked about their preferences for online versus face-to-face discussion of suicidal feelings.  Thematic analysis of results (n = 24) yielded a main theme of ‘anonymity’ with sub-themes of ‘safety and freedom’, ‘confidentiality’ and ‘control’.  Issues of safeguarding distressed young people who have chosen to remain anonymous are raised.


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