Suicide Prevention and Social Media: A framework for Young Australians using Community of Inquiry (CoI)
Sukunesan, Suku; Ahmed, Ashir
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Suicide among young Australians is a serious public health problem which demands for a fresh approach. In this day and age the growth of social media to replace almost all channels communication amongst the younger generation isn’t unexpected. However, the research nexus between social media and suicide prevention isn’t well established. This paper is then motivated by this factor and attempts to conceptualise the role of social media in addressing suicide prevention. Key participants in the community and their interaction are also represented through the use Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework which has three major components: Cognitive presence, Social Presence and Teaching presence. These components are used the theoretical foundation for this paper. It is anticipated that CoI would extend existing knowledge on suicide prevention and this paper will be beneficial to researchers who work in mental health, social issues involving young Australians and their usage of social media.