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Media coverage of celebrity suicide: what impact on its incidence and prevention? Volume 18, issue 4, April 2022

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Médecin généraliste, Société Française de Documentation et Recherche en Médecine générale 43 Avenue Émile Cossonneau, 93160 Noisy-le-Grand
* Correspondance : M. Dumoulin

Many studies suggest that media coverage of celebrity suicides, like publicizing the issue of suicide in general, risks influencing vulnerable people and contributing, through a contagion effect, to an increase in the number of suicides. Conversely, could highlighting the situations of people who have overcome a suicidal crisis have a positive impact? What rules should be defined for responsible media coverage of this issue with a view to prevention?