Sarker Lab Emory University

Trends in Substance-Induced Self-Harm


In recent years, there has been a concerning increase in suicides and self-harm cases, both in the United States and across the world. In the United States, suicide rates have been steadily rising among different age groups and demographics. Globally, suicide rates also remain high, affecting people from all walks of life. The global pandemic and its aftermath have further exacerbated this issue. Substance abuse-related self-harm has become a growing concern in recent years. The increase in accessibility and popularity of various addictive substances has led to a surge in incidents of self-harm among those struggling with mental health issues. This project attempts to analyze online chatter on self-harm to observe and determine trends in substance abuse-related self-harm.


The project is funded by Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The study is being conducted in collaboration with researchers from Emory University (School of Medicine & Rollins School of Public Health) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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