Social Media and Machine Learning in Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a leading cause of death in military personnel (WHO, 2016). Current practices in predicting suicide attempts are limited in timing and accuracy (Bentley et al., 2016; Chang et al., 2016; Franklin et al., 2016; Ribeiro et al., 2016). Identifying individuals at risk for suicide with the use of machine learning in social media posts and medical databases are new approaches to suicide prevention.