Reporting suicide The effect of media coverage on patterns of self harm

@article{Gunnell1994ReportingST,
  title={Reporting suicide The effect of media coverage on patterns of self harm},
  author={David Gunnell},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1994},
  volume={308},
  pages={1446 - 1447}
}
Suicide accounts for only 1% of all deaths and yet when these occur they frequently attract disproportionate media interest. Headlines such as “Coroner told of Human Torch Horror” and “ Tragic Countess of Caithness died from a single shot” are commonplace following the suicides of individuals whose death from other causes would probably been been left unreported. William Farr wrote in 1841 that “no fact is better established in science than that suicide (and murder may perhaps be added) is… 

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