This could lead to "echo" cluster suicides
, in which suicides occur over a period time.
are a result of contagion (sometimes referred to as copycat), and approximately 1 percent to 5 percent of teenage suicides occur in clusters (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1988; Hazell 1993; see Gaines 1991 for an account of precipitating suicides to a cluster of teenage suicides).
In the early 1970's research demonstrated the existence of teenage "cluster suicides
" in which local TV reporting of one event directly caused numerous copycat suicides of other impressionable teens.
In addition to means restrictions, other interventions for reducing the risk for suicide include 1) training of clergy, tribal leaders, school personnel, health-care professionals, and others who have contact with persons who may be contemplating suicide to recognize persons at risk for suicide and refer them for appropriate counseling; 2) educating the general public about warning signs for suicide and opportunities to seek help; 3) implementing screening programs for identifying and referring persons at highest risk for suicide; 4) improving access to or promoting crisis centers, hotlines, and peer support groups (including family and friends) for high-risk persons; and 5) implementing post-suicide actions to reduce the probability of cluster suicides