No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.~ Robin Williams
Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.~ Anthony Bourdain
She makes the day brighter, she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.~ Kate Spade
Contagion Effect. Many haven’t heard the technical reference, but most of us agree we’ve seen it. When a celebrity or someone with clout dies by suicide, more suicides seem to appear in the headlines. Shari Sinwelski, Associate Project Director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, says “sometimes people may already be feeling very vulnerable, and they see someone who they can relate to and their vulnerabilities,” contributing to the contagion effect. According to a Columbia University research team, in the five months after Robin Williams death in 2014, suicides increased by almost 10%. Similarly, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline jumped 25% following the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, both the first week of June in 2018.
There is a connection between those in prominent positions taking their life and those with depressive and/or suicidal thoughts feeling them more intensely.