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Re: ways of describing suicide

Posted by Dr. Bob on December 7, 2006, at 23:23:06

In reply to Re: pseudoname (trigger) ClearSkies, posted by dreamboat_annie on December 5, 2006, at 18:55:22

> I think that at some point an individual who has suffered and struggled with mental illness, and been beaten down time after time, only to keep trying to get up again, comes to a point of sweet surrender.

I know this isn't a "media story", but I still think it's important to be careful about how we talk about suicide:

> Certain ways of describing suicide in the news contribute to what behavioral scientists call "suicide contagion" or "copycat" suicides.
> Research suggests that inadvertently romanticizing suicide or idealizing those who take their own lives by portraying suicide as a heroic or romantic act may encourage others to identify with the victim.

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