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Why should I avoid discussing suicide with a relative with mental illness?

It has been well documented that front-page suicides reported in the media result in a number of "copy cat" suicides. Many newspapers now report any local suicides on an inside page and avoid tabloid type reporting.

It is best not to discuss in any detail any local event of this kind with a mentally ill relative or within their hearing. By this we do not mean that suicide should not be discussed, but rather it should not be discussed in relation to media reports.

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