How do fictional accounts of suicide often misrepresent suicide?

Problems with fictional accounts of suicide include the following:
  • Links are never made to mental illness.
  • Ambivalence is never shown.
  • The impact on the family is not portrayed.
  • Help is never sought or offered; no acknowledgement is made that help was available.
  • Suicide never hurts. The media do not depict the extended suffering of people who experience grave injury, but not immediate death.
  • Suicide attempts are shown to be 100 percent effective.

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