Werther effect

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Werther effect

A popular term for an increase in suicide rates that
(1) follow media coverage of suicide(s); or
(2) are inspired by reading about others’ suicides; or
(3) are linked to a friend or family member who committed suicide.

Werther effect

Public health An ↑ suicide rate linked to media coverage of suicide(s), or which occurs in persons 'inspired' by reading about or having had a close relationship with a 'successful' suicide
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