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Newspaper coverage linked with youth suicide clusters

posted May 2, 2014, 9:47 AM by Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team
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Detailed, high-profile newspaper stories about individual suicides may have played a role in creating suicide clusters among young people, at least in the 1980s and 1990s, a new study suggests.The study, published online Thursday in Lancet Psychiatry, provides new evidence for a long-suspected connection. Studies over several decades have shown increases in suicide after high-profile suicides, especially by celebrities. The death of Marilyn Monroe was followed by a 12% increase nationwide; other highly-publicized suicides have been followed by increases averaging 2.5%, according to previous studies.

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