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Title

Increase in Search Interest for “Suicide” and “Depression” for Particular Days of the Week and Times of Day: Analysis Based on Google Trends

Authors

[ 1 ] Wydział Administracji i Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Akademia im. Jakuba z Paradyża | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[6.8] Sociology

Year of publication

2023

Published in

Journal of Clinical Medicine

Journal year: 2023 | Journal volume: 12 | Journal number: 1

Article type

scientific article

Publication language

english

Keywords
EN
  • suicide
  • suicide attempt
  • depression
  • Google Trends
Abstract

EN Depression is the most common disorder in people who attempt suicide or die by suicide. Research review indicate that therapy of depression (including psychoeducation) is one of the main factors in the prevention of suicidal behavior. In this paper we examine the intensification of search interest for the terms “depression” and “suicide” in Google search engine with regard to the time of day and day of the week in Poland, Germany, Great Britain and Italy. The goal of the study was to determine if there are any days of the week or hours when search for “suicide” and “depression” particularly increases. Numerous studies focusing not only on the seasonality of suicidal behavior, but also on the days of the week and hours, indicate that it is most often undertaken on Mondays in the night and early morning hours. The results of the research being the basis of this paper show a certain time coincidence: first, the increase in search interest for “suicide” and “depression” and then undertaking suicidal behavior (suicide and suicide attempts). Searching for terms “suicide” and “depression” usually took place (except in Italy) at weekends and most often in the late evening hours and at night. The conclusions from the research can be used in suicide prevention activities, for example in determining the hours of operation of individual helpline numbers.

Date of online publication

2022

Pages (from - to)

1 - 13

DOI

10.3390/jcm12010191

URL

https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/12/1/191

License type

CC BY (attribution alone)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Release date

12.2022

Date of Open Access to the publication

at the time of publication

Ministry points / journal

140.0