"As an Officer I think a large portion of the increase can be attributed to the proliferation of social media, specifically Facebook. Several suicidal party calls are generated through social media, ie.'She posted suicidal statements on Facebook.' The vast majority of these calls are false alarms and I've never seen anyone EPC'd over a Facebook posting. I can't even think of a time that a Facebook threat has led to a self admit. Usually when we find the poster, he/she are clearly not suicidal and typically were looking for attention or upset with a friend of family member and trying to scare them. The increase in social media over the last few years should be noted when looking at the increase of these types of calls. "
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
There was an intriguing comment submitted this morning on one of last week's posts. The topic of the original post was the increase in mental health investigations by the police. The person leaving the comment has his or her own theory on something that may be contributing to this increase. I thought it was interesting enough to merit it's own post:
Posted by Tom Casady at 6:08 AM