Celebrity Suicide in the Media

Sometimes you see a news headline like this: Progressive rock legend Emerson dies

Then you read the news and discover it was a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot. The only reason I mention this is that I’m in a suicide awareness class right now. In two weeks, we have a discussion about how the media reports suicide. Today, we talked about suicide encounters online. The anonymity and privacy you have online sometimes lets you express things you normally wouldn’t. Are you aware of your audience? Do you know who’s going to see your message of distress? What should a person do when they encounter an alarming piece of information online? We had a decent discussion on this topic today. Good times.

And of course, no topic is complete without a TED talk.