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Copycat Suicide, Suicide Contagion, and Suicide Clusters

“A copycat suicide is defined as an emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide on television and in other media.

The massive wave of emulation suicides after a widely publicized suicide is known as the Werther effect, following Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.[1]

The well-known suicide serves as a model, in the absence of protective factors, for the next suicide. This is referred to as suicide contagion.[2] They occasionally spread through a school system, through a community, or in terms of a celebrity suicide wave, nationally. This is called a suicide cluster.[2] Suicide clusters are caused by the social learning of suicide related behaviors, or “copycat suicides”.

To prevent this type of suicide, it is customary in some countries for the media to discourage suicide reports except in special cases.”


Survivors of Suicide


A postvention is an intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of support for the bereaved (family, friends, professionals and peers). Family and friends of the suicide victim may be at increased risk of suicide themselves.”


See also Copycat Suicide, Suicide Contagion, and Suicide Clusters.

Native American Youth




LGBTQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning

Working Together on LGBT Issues –

  1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
  2. Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:
  3. Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN):
  4. Human Rights Campaign:
  5. Johnson Family Foundation:
  6. Movement Advancement Project:
  7. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
  8. Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays:
  9. The Trevor Project:


Veterans & Active Military