Reducing suicide contagion effect by detecting sentences from media reports with explicit methods of suicide

Citation:

Gerani S, Tissot R, Ying A, Redmon J, Rimando A, Hun R. Reducing suicide contagion effect by detecting sentences from media reports with explicit methods of suicide, in IJCAI 2021 Workshop on AI for Social Good. ; 2021.

Abstract:

Research has shown that suicide rate can increase by 13% when suicide is not reported responsibly. For example, irresponsible reporting includes specific details that depict suicide methods. To pro- mote more responsible journalism to save lives, we propose a novel problem called “suicide method detection”, which determines if a sentence in a news article contains a description of a suicide method. Our results show two promising approaches: a rule-based approach using category pattern matching and a BERT model with data augmentation, both of which reach over 0.9 in F- measure.