Studies and research (*see references below) have shown that there is a strong co-relation between reports of suicide cases and copycat suicides. This is especially so for teenage suicides. The recent spate of teenage suicides in Singapore is a grave concern. Having had working experience with the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), it is indeed true that teenagers are in the high-risk group. This is understandable, given the heightened emotional and volatile make-up of teenagers in general.
It is important that journalists and editors; the print and online media strive to exercise restraint in reporting suicide cases. The following are the media guidelines which the World Health Organization and others endorse for the coverage of any suicide :