To talk or not to talk? The dilemma of suicide contagion

In recent years, research has shown that suicide has the potential to spread through social networks – a phenomenon some have dubbed “suicide contagion.”

Sophisticated, diverse statistical modeling techniques have largely reached the same conclusion: if someone is exposed to the suicide attempt or death of a friend, it increases that person’s risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts.

The consequences can be devastating for families, classmates and townspeople, who are left struggling to understand why clusters of suicides are occurring in their communities, from Newton, Massachusetts to Palo Alto, California. [Leia mais – The Conversation]