Suicide contagion: What we know and what we don’t

The apparent suicide of star chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain comes just days after another celebrity, designer Kate Spade, killed herself. With suicide having a known “contagion effect,” the incidence of two celebrity suicides in one week raises the question of whether that could have been at play here: Did news coverage of the fashion designer’s death have any influence on Bourdain’s? And could more suicides follow his? In the month after Marilyn Monroe died from a barbiturates overdose in 1962, there was bump in suicide deaths by as much as 12 percent, according to the Center for Suicide Prevention.

Original published: 2018-06-11 15:01:15 Read the full Vienna News here


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