Letter: Concerned about 'copycat' suicides

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The media is awash with the news and analysis of the suicide of popular actor and comedian Robin Williams.

Those who study the dynamics of the society warn that this will not be the end of the story. According to them, media stories about suicides invariably lead to copycats. And the copycats don't not have to be prompted by a high profile suicide such as the unfortunate one of Robin Williams. A relatively mundane one, provided that it's in the news, will often be a sufficient enough catalysis to push those on the edge over it.

My take away point here is that if you know anybody with suicidal tendency, keep an especially close eye on them until the Robin Williams story subsides.

Peter Skurkiss, Stow

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