Analyzing the Language of Suicide Notes to Help Save Lives - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Analyzing the Language of Suicide Notes to Help Save Lives

Using advanced computer technology, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are analyzing the language used in hundreds of suicide notes in an effort that may one day help prevent suicides.

John Pestian, PhD, director of computational medicine, and his team are merging psychology and computer analysis in the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding behind the thoughts of the people who wrote the collection of 1,300 suicide notes – the largest collection of such notes in the world.

The goal is to create a tool that can help mental health workers assess the likelihood a person will attempt suicide.

Listen to Dr. Pestian talk about his research in an interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

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