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.
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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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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EIGHT childhood friends have tried to kill themselves in a wave of copycat suicide bids in one neighbourhood.
Rita Samuel, an Indian social worker in Oman for the last 19 years, said that she is afraid a 'copycat suicide' may be occurring in Oman.
"Copycat suicide" is a well-documented phenomenon in which vulnerable people commit suicide the same way someone's death has been reported in the media.
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This ripple effect of excessive or sensational media coverage of suicide, leading to more suicides (or attempts) is known as the Werther Effect or copycat suicide. In recognition of the evidence-based findings of this relationship, many countries have now devised guidelines for the media to follow when reporting suicide cases.
Luckily, these two young people received help and were saved, but suicide contagion, better known as "copycat suicide," is a well-documented phenomenon.
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The grieving parents of a schoolgirl, found hanging at home, yesterday dismissed suggestions she took her life in a copycat suicide. Lucie Manley, 14, was found dead at her father's home in Gladys Street, Aberavon, last Tuesday.
Best friend David, 19, of Pyle, also hanged himself in an apparent copycat suicide six weeks after Dale's body was discovered.
This tragic incident involving my daughter is not, as has been suggested, a copycat suicide of the recent tragic death of Kirsty Botto.