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This paper was an early synthesis of what we know about Media Influences in Suicide. It raised the specific issue of how we could use this knowledge to prevent copycat suicides after a high profile suicide, based on the experience of Kurt Cobain and his partner Courtney Love.
As I noted in the introduction: "This review explores the influence to suicide in print and electronic media, and
considers both real and fictional deaths. The conclusion appears inescapable that reports
about celebrities which are multi-modal, repeated, explicit, front page, glorify the suicide, and
describe the method lead to an increase in deaths from suicide, particularly in the region in
which reports are published. The paper argues that even if there was multi-national agreement
to international guidelines, media will continue to report suicide when it is considered to
be “a matter of public interest”. What appears crucial is a collaborative approach between
professionals and the media to promote a negative attitude toward suicide without increasing
stigma toward those with mental health problems."
Martin G., 1998. Media Influence to Suicide; the search for solutions. Archives of Suicide Research, 4:1,1-12.