suicide cluster

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a group of similar objects, events, or other elements in close proximity.
suicide cluster a group of suicides in which one seems to set off others.
A chain of completed suicides, usually among adolescents, in a discrete period of time and area, which have a ‘contagious’ element

homicide/suicide cluster

Forensic psychiatry One or more homicides with the subsequent suicide of the perpetrator who typically is a ♂ married to, or living with, a ♀ in a relationship marked by physical abuse, who has a Hx of alcohol or substance abuse, and access to firearms. See Homicide, Suicide. Cf Postal worker syndrome.

suicide cluster

An epidemic of suicides, within a defined location or a short time.
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The key finding: The more sensational the newspaper coverage of suicides as evidenced by a greater number of stories, front page placement, and more details about the suicidal individual and act, the greater the likelihood of subsequent suicide clusters (Lancet Psychiatry 2014;1:34-43).
Lynch, a US psychologist, believes anorexia "epidemics" operate in the same manner as suicide clusters, where one example of extreme behaviour spurs others to mimic it.
In the first study of its kind looking at teenage suicide clusters -- "outbreaks" of suicide in which several young people in a community take their own lives within a relatively short time -- researchers find no evidence that people not already at risk of suicide are more likely to take their own lives after exposure to other suicides.
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