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The Werther effect: A spike of emulation

The Werther effect: A spike of emulation

The Werther effect is a copycat effect of suicidal behavior following a suicide that has been widely publicized by the media.

In 1974, David Phillips a American sociologist introduced the Werther effect. The name goes back to the novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called The Sorrows of Young Werther.

The novel's publication in 1774 was associated with an increased suicide rate.

However, a causal connection is scientifically disputed.


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This life. This night.

Your story. Your pain.

Your hope. It matters.

All of it matters.



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The Sorrows of Young Werther

The Sorrows of Young Werther

The novel tells of Werther, who leaves his town because of a failed romance and now lives in a village called Wahlheim.

There, he falls deeply in love with Charlotte, before learning that she is engaged to another man named Albert.

Feeling like leaving, he sets off for Weimar to visit an old friend, but feels inexplicably out of place when he is thrown into an environment that is the complete opposite of where he came from.

Upon his return to Wahlheim, he visits Charlotte, whose now married, and declares his love for her. After he sees that she loves him too, he takes his own life.


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When you feel like giving up,

just remember the reason

why you held on

for so long.



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Dead Girls Don't Lie

Dead Girls Don't Lie

The Netflix series showed indications of the Werther effect because of the suicide of the protagonist.

Several studies have shown that the suicide rate in the U.S. has increased among adolescents since then. It was particularly pronounced among girls between the ages of 10-19.


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Be there for others,

but never leave yourself behind.



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Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal Thoughts

  • Talk. Talk about your feelings with the people you trust. I know you think that nobody would understand you and your thoughts, but this is wrong.
  • If you think you might harm yourself, call the emergency services.
  • Make a crises plan & box!
  • Don't make decisions too fast!
  • Think about the people who care about you and who you love.
  • Get out of the way of negativity.
  • Distract yourself (Go to deepstash:), read books, draw, hear music...)


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You are important!

You are so much more than you think you are!

You are beautiful the way you are.

So don't give up

because the world cherishes you!



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The Papageno effect: A coping strategy for suicidal behavior

The Papageno effect: A coping strategy for suicidal behavior

The Papageno effect refers to the influence that the mass media can have in responsibly reporting on suicide and highlighting alternatives to suicide in crisis.

When media focus on coping strategies for suicidal thoughts, it has a positive effect and can increase knowledge about prevention and decrease suicidal thoughts.

It's named after Papageno a character in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.


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Many of life 's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.



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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

At the beginning of the opera, Prince Tamino falls in love with the beautiful Pamina, but she is kidnapped. Together with the bird catcher Papageno, a young man in a feather costume, he rescues his beloved from the palace of the kidnapper, the evil priest Sarastro.

In the course of the opera, Papageno goes through a suicidal crisis situation, but he is able to overcome it successfully.


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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.



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