Suicide Clusters [...]

Suicides are not purely stochastic events — one suicide can (and does) often influence others.  Influence can extend not only to probability but also method of execution.

A recent example has occurred in Palo Alto, where a cluster  has taken the lives of four students in the Palo Alto Suicide School District. All four died by suicide along the Caltrain corridor. A previous cluster of five suicides happened in Palo Alto in 2008-09.[ cite]

Cluster suicides are responsible for between 1 to 5% of all suicide deaths.[ cite] Adolescents are most at risk.

The fact that this happened in Palo Alto twice within ten years makes it a rare incidence of an Echo Cluster.

Goffstown NH in the 1990s provides another example.[ cite]

While most people think of suicides as the result of long reflection, the vast majority of sucides are impulsive. See Most Suicides Are Impulsive

A related issue is suicide contagion, which includes Media Influence on Suicide.

Weird Twitter

Wikity users can copy this article to their own site for editing, annotation, or safekeeping. If you like this article, please help us out by copying and hosting it.

Destination site (your site)
Posted on