Suicide Contagion

“Consider Marilyn Monroe, whose August 1962 suicide saw a 12 percent increase in suicides over the next 12 months; indeed a study published in February in PLoS One found that the August 2014 suicide of Robin Williams touched off a 9.85 percent increase in suicides by the following December, resulting in an “excess” of 1,841 suicide cases. When your persona is ubiquitous, it seems, so are your troubles.”

—Jared Keller. “How Celebrity Deaths Reveal the Hidden Threat of Suicide Contagion.” Pacific Standard. June 12, 2018.