Suicide contagion study
There's no questioning the impact of suicide on friends and family, and when the person involved is a youth, the loss is all the more devastating. Maybe less obvious, though, is the wider fallout -- what the loss of a classmate or a friend-of-a-friend can mean for a teen's own mental state.
According to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, young people who lose a schoolmate to suicide are up to five times more likely to consider or attempt it themselves. Dr. Ian Colman is the senior author of the report, and he joined us with the details.