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On Monday, June 4, the iconic designer Kate Spade committed suicide at the age of 55. Four days later, the cook, the storyteller and television host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61. It’s hard to say clearly whether these two times are far apart, or even more difficult to understand – but it also shows a systematic problem that is often overlooked. One person died of suicide in the United States every 12.8 minutes. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the suicide rate has risen by more than 25% since 1999. In 2015, 45,000 people died of suicide. It is time we acknowledge the role of the media in all media.

Our morbid fascination with death, and our collective reluctance to discuss it in any tangible, helpful way, is nothing new. We have conducted a detailed analysis of the tragic loss of life, mass shootings and unimaginable natural disasters. This is often a damage to ourselves. Reports of suicide deaths in the media have become so detailed that it can be assumed that certain readers will certainly be affected. The recurring bursts of breaking news and reporting in the 24-hour uninterrupted news cycle did not leave any slang. Although it was suggested that suicide be used to solve the death issue, this prompted the media and journalists to adopt the opposite approach, but described in detail the means by which individuals died of suicide. As a result, the reader left behind a vivid picture – one that can narrow the gap between suicidal thoughts and death through suicide.

According to CBS News, at present, suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents aged 10 to 24 years. According to reports, 4,600 young people die each year from suicide. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2017, according to the CBS News, “The researchers reported a significant increase in the number of emergency visits for children and young adults due to spontaneous non-fatal injuries. “The suicide rate of LGBTQ youth is even higher. According to the Human Rights Movement, 30% of LGBTQ youth “try to commit suicide” last year.

Seven years ago, a dear friend of mine died of suicide. At my lowest point, I want to know every detail, and every final action my friend takes is as if it will make me feel closer to him. However, according to, more than 50 studies worldwide have shown that the infatuation with suicide details is unhealthy, and the coverage of suicide deaths may increase the likelihood of suicide among vulnerable groups. In the recently released Pew report, it was discovered that seven out of nearly 10 Americans “were tired of the news on these days.” How suicide deaths are covered and discussed are affecting mental health and healthy audiences, usually not It was noticed until it was too late.

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In the four months after the death of Robin Williams in 2014, the suicide rate soared by 10%, and the proportion of using imitation was higher than typical. Williams’s death coverage is very similar to Spad, very detailed.

Not only estimates that 300 million people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities in the world suffered from global depression, but also reported in detail the deaths of celebrities such as Spad and Burdon, and even made a sensation even through television. Romantic suicide description shows and movies. Netflix showed 13 reasons why, for example, why suicide became a channel of revenge, it can be said that the idea that suicide is the only way for those who struggle with mental illness to see, hear and admire.

Of course, there is no reason why the suicide rate is rising. From the lack of affordable and accessible mental health resources, to the stigma of mental health, and the rise of hate crimes, we, as a nation, are defeating those who fight depression and suicidal ideation in many ways – especially those People in marginalized communities. However, the relentless news cycle provides terrible detailed reports of suicide deaths. Coupled with the problematic television programs that use suicide as a romantic choice, they must acknowledge what they are: at best, there are problems, and the worst is danger.

At the end of today, 121 Americans will die from suicide. Most of us do not know their names. They will not develop on Twitter. They will not be pursued by celebrities, politicians and influential people. However, like Williams, Spad and Burdan, they will also show that we want to ignore the cultural issues, but we must face them. We must admit that we are making this problem worse.

If you or anyone you know is struggling or suicidal, call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


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