The Robin Williams Effect: Why Celebrity Deaths Lead To An Increase In Suicides

Robin Williams meme with photo of Williams and text from his quote about sadness and why depressed people often make a greater effort to please others

by Tony Wyman After comedian Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014, the number of people in America who took their own lives increased 10% over the next five months. Suicide prevention experts call this phenomenon “The Robin Williams Effect” and worry that media coverage of a celebrity’s suicide might be the catalyst that pushes others thinking about taking their own lives over the edge.  If celebrities, with all their fame, adoring fans, remarkable wealth and limitless opportunities can’t find happiness, the thinking goes of a person considering suicide,…

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