Year: 1991 Source: Suicide Prevention, v.5, no.2. (Spring 1991), p.1,3 SIEC No: 19910424

This article details studies on mass media reporting of suicides. Various studies have shown a contagion effect after a person of high prestige, or with whom a vulnerable person can identify with in respect to age, sex, or ethnicity, commits suicide. The author concludes that we must stop portraying death in a positive light, for example, with statements such as, “at least they are not in pain anymore”. (VM)