Suicide Contagion

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Sinister ‘Momo’ Online Game Linked to Two More Child Suicides

TWO child suicides in Colombia have been linked to a sinister internet game that’s been sweeping South America. Local media reports a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy took their own lives in the town of Barbosa. RCN Radio claims the two children were playing a challenge based game — believed to be the ‘Momo’ challenge [...]

Netflix Failed to Flag ‘Strong Suicide Themes’ For 13 Reasons Why

It took government intervention for Netflix to warn Australian parents about "strong suicide themes" in the first season of 13 Reasons Why. The global streaming giant originally gave the confronting television series an MA15+ rating on the grounds it portrayed strong sex scenes and violence. However, the Classifications Board reviewed the decision and ruled 13 Reasons Why should [...]

The Science Behind Suicide Contagion

Mental illness is not a communicable disease, but there’s a strong body of evidence that suicide is still contagious. Publicity surrounding a suicide has been repeatedly and definitively linked to a subsequent increase in suicide, especially among young people. Analysis suggests that at least 5 percent of youth suicides are influenced by contagion. - Margot Sanger-Katz [...]