Year: 2019 Source: JAMA Psychiatry. (2019). Published online 29 May 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0842 SIEC No: 20190521

Accounts of contagion in suicide abound. For example, Émile Durkheim’s 1897 book Suicide: A Study in Sociology1 documents multiple striking incidents. We might wonder then whether such contagion extends also to the portrayal of suicide in the media. The evidence is mixed.2,3 A recent meta-analysis by Ferguson concluded that “evidence is not able to support the contention that fictional depictions of suicide lead to suicide contagion in viewers.”