Guest opinion: Let's talk about suicide | November 16, 2012 | Pleasanton Weekly | |

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Opinion - November 16, 2012

Guest opinion: Let's talk about suicide

by Shirley Kaminsky

Media often avoid reporting about suicide. Sometimes this is for good reason, out of fear regarding a real phenomenon called suicide contagion, aka "copycat suicide." Studies show that certain ways the media report about suicide can inadvertently contribute to contagion. Sometimes news organizations have policies, written or simply understood, that suicide is a topic that is off limits except for rare occasions.

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--Shirley Kaminsky is a founding member of the Greater San Francisco Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She facilitates the Tri-Valley Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group, and has resided in the Tri-Valley for over 40 years. She can be reached by emailing or calling 872-5634.