Do ‘copycat suicides’ really occur?

Yes, there is evidence to show that ‘copycat suicides’ do occur under some circumstances. If someone is already vulnerable (depressed, anxious, isolated, has made a previous attempt, and/or is showing other warning signs), one suicide can trigger another. “Copycat suicides” or “suicide contagion” is most pronounced when someone loses someone close to them. Youth also appear to be especially vulnerable. Other conditions that can increase the risk of ‘copycat suicides’ are high profile, sensational portrayals of suicide in the media, or inadvertent glorification of a suicide victim.

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Our Impact The topic and word "suicide" is not so scary after taking a training from the Crisis Centre of BC. I'm grateful to have been here today, and am hopeful that I can help people in the future. safeTALK participant, Agassiz