Despite increasing openness in the dialogue around mental health problems, there continues to be social stigma associated with depression with many people endorsing unhelpful attitudes. Suicides usually occur in the context of a depression or another mental illness (alcohol- and/or drug addiction, schizophrenia). About 80-90% of all suicide cases are preceded by such illnesses. Especially people suffering from depression can be considered as a high-risk-group regarding the influence of media reports. In these cases, media coverage is in fact not the primary reason for the suicide, but it can serve as the crucial trigger during a critical phase of the illness.
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