Suicide, Contagion, and the Media

“If it has ever been taken up as an option, however, the black knight has a tendency to remain in play.”

— Kay Redfield Jamison, “Night Falls Fast”

[WARNING: triggering]

1. Statistics:

· Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for Americans aged 10 to 34

· The 2016 CDC report puts rates up 30% since 1999

· Rates are rising in almost every state in the U.S.