“Papageno” and “Werther” effects–public policy lessons for the prevention of suicide

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. We’ve written and reposted multiple times explaining how the number of suicides–or requests for “assistance” in suicide–spikes when such deaths are portrayed in a sympathetic, even laudatory fashion. The following post brilliantly and succinctly explains why the converse is true as well–the numbers drop when (as Dr. Saunders writes) …

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“Papageno” and “Werther “effects–public policy lessons for the prevention of suicide

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. We’ve written and repost multiple times explaining how the number of suicides–or requests for “assistance” in suicide–spikes when such deaths are portrayed in a sympathetic, even laudatory fashion. The following ran a few years ago and it brilliantly and succinctly explains why the converse is true as well–the numbers …

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Papageno and Werther effects–public policy lessons for the prevention of suicide

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. This post ran in 2011, but I did not run across it until today. It is a brilliant explanation of how suicide should not be portrayed in the media—and why. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 …

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