Copycat suicide

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Sometimes, after a person commits suicide (kills themself), other people will copy them and kill themselves also. This is called copycat suicide. People may commit copycat suicide after a person they know kills themself, or after hearing about a suicide through television or other media.

After a well-known suicide, there may be a sudden rise in copycat suicides. This is called the Werther effect. Sudden rises in copycat suicides can spread through individual households, school systems, or even across entire countries. These are called cluster suicides.