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Among Children, Suicide Can Be Contagious

depressed teenI found this frightening.

Although it’s been a common belief that suicide among young people is contagious, a recent study in Canada found that “12- and 13-year-olds exposed to suicide are five times more likely to seriously consider attempting suicide.” It doesn’t make any difference if they know the person or not. “Vulnerable kids may start thinking about suicide as a solution to their problems.”

Although this study was conducted in Canada and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal it applies to children everywhere.

Although 12-13 year olds are at the greatest risk, kids 14-15 are three times more likely and kids 16-17, twice as likely to consider suicide as kids not exposed to a suicide.

Kids exposed to suicide of schoolmate more likely to attempt it.

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